For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific ...
revolution, and the divisive debate at its heart. For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. Yet Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century. Quantum sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age. In 1925 the quantum pioneers nearly all hailed from upper-middle-class academic families; most were German; and their average age was 24. But it was their irrational, romantic spirit, formed in reaction to the mechanised slaughter of the First World War that inspired their will to test science to its limits. The essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of young men at its heart
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