Instant satisfaction for your thirst for knowledge!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
Quantum - Einstein Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality - cover

Quantum - Einstein Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality

Manjit Kumar

Publisher: Icon Books

  • 3
  • 11
  • 0

Summary

'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason … Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 




For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves.

In this magisterial book, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific revolution, and the divisive debate at its core. Quantum theory looks at the very building blocks of our world, the particles and processes without which it could not exist.

Yet for 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. 
In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.

Quantum theory is weird. In 1905, Albert Einstein suggested that light was a particle, not a wave, defying a century of experiments. Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and Erwin Schrodinger's famous dead-and-alive cat are similarly strange. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren't shocked by quantum theory, you didn't really understand it.

While "Quantum" sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age, Kumar's centrepiece is the conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. 'Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of physicists into believing that the problem had been solved', lamented the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann. But in "Quantum", Kumar brings Einstein back to the centre of the quantum debate. "Quantum" is the essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of brilliant men at its heart.

Other books that might interest you

  • Green Guide to Wild Flowers Of Britain And Europe - cover

    Green Guide to Wild Flowers Of...

    David Sutton

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Bloomsbury Green Guides are portable handbooks to the most commonly found species in Britain and Europe. 
     
    A huge variety of wild flowers grow in fields, gardens, woodlands and even on roadsides, and recognising individual species can prove challenging. The Green Guide to Wild Flowers makes identifying them easy for beginners and amateur naturalists alike. 
     
    Concise descriptions include information on habitat, months in flower, as well as important features like fruit, leaf structure and stem 
     
    Beautiful colour illustrations of all 150 species 
     
    Detailed introduction includes colour photographs, botanical keys and information on families of wild flowers
    Show book
  • E-Squared: by Pam Grout | Key Takeaways Analysis & Review - Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality - cover

    E-Squared: by Pam Grout | Key...

    Books Eureka

    • 1
    • 3
    • 0
    E-Squared: by Pam Grout | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
     
     Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality captures the essence of experimenting with energy and consciousness through nine experiments. Each chapter contains a different experiment that approaches the concept of thoughts creating reality in a different way, which together give readers an overall picture of the power of thoughts and consciousness…
     
     
     
    This companion to E-Squared includes:
     
    Overview of the book
     
    Important People
     
    Key Takeaways
     
    Analysis of Key Takeaways
     
    and much more!
    Show book
  • Green Guide to Trees Of Britain And Europe - cover

    Green Guide to Trees Of Britain...

    Bob Press

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Aimed at both the general reader and amateur naturalist, Green Guide Trees offers a wealth of information on observing and identifying 150 of the most commonly encountered tree species in Britain and Europe. Each tree is described in detail with information on height, shape, and important features such as foliage and fruit, and is illustrated with beautifully detailed, full colour painting. The introduction contains information on characteristics to help distinguish one family group of trees from another, and there are also keys which provide step-by-step clues to aid identification. Informative and compact, this book is ideal for both home reference and as a pocket companion in the field.
    Show book
  • The Little Book of Snow - cover

    The Little Book of Snow

    Sally Coulthard

    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    Is it true that no two snowflakes are ever alike? How many Christmases have actually been white? Do the Inuit have dozens of words for snow? Can it ever be too cold to snow? 
     
    Our memories and imagination are buried in snow. It's the weather of play, joyful abandon and mischievous games – of snowball fights, skiing holidays and rattling down a hillside at full speed. It's the weather of childhood – the world transformed into a temporary playground. Even as adults, the urge to throw a snowball is too hard to resist, those impish, childish instincts overtaking our adult workaday selves. 
     
    Packed with fascinating insights, outdoor fun, cultural lore and traditional wisdom, The Little Book of Snow delves into the history, science, literary and cultural heritage that surrounds snow, frost and ice – the perfect book for anyone who loves that feeling when you open the curtains in the morning and find the world has turned to white...
    Show book
  • RSPB Nature Watch - How to discover explore and enjoy wildlife - cover

    RSPB Nature Watch - How to...

    Marianne Taylor

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned wildlife watcher, this  
    book will help you to broaden your enjoyment of your hobby and explore wildlife in a range of different habitats and environments. 
     
    You'll learn a host of  
    techniques including observing without disturbing, different ways of recording what you see, including note-taking, sketching and photography, filming and sound recording, as well as how to organise and report what you've seen. 
     
    Finally, there's plenty of information on how you can  
    give something back to the natural environment through safeguarding your local area's wildlife and involvement with conservation.
    Show book
  • Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind - cover

    Sapiens - A Brief History of...

    Yuval Noah Harari

    • 20
    • 607
    • 0
    New York Times Bestseller 
    A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg  
    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” 
    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? 
    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. 
    Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? 
    Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
    Show book