Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren t shocked by quantum theory, you didn t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally ...
baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution, focusing on the central conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. This revelatory book takes a close look at the golden age of physics, the brilliant young minds at its core and how an idea ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.
A wonderful guide through the conundrums of quantum physics
A wonderful guide through the conundrums of quantum physics, this book allows uninitiated people without a specific background in scientific matters, to delve into the scientific and philosophical differences that heated up physics debates in theA wonderful guide through the conundrums of quantum physics, this book allows uninitiated people without a specific background in scientific matters, to delve into the scientific and philosophical differences that heated up physics debates in the 20th century.
Luminaries of physics are introduced to us as human beings first, each with their own history, education and background. The common thread among them is their attempt to push forward, to expand the boundaries of understanding.
As brilliantly described by Kuhn in "Structure of scientific revolutions", their effort is that of bringing forth a new "Weltanschaung", a new view of the world, a different paradigmatic lens through which the great mysteries of nature, space, time and matter can be observed.
This process of development, makes them look more like artists or classical period philosophers than the stereotyped lab-rats scientists.
On top of this, the author does a brilliant job in guiding us through each new discovery and its implications, with a simple language that, yet, does not compromise on precision and exactness.
In a nutshell, a book strongly suggested to everyone interested in understanding what quantum physics really is, what is the fuss about it, and where the new science frontier now stands....Continua Nascondi