A great account of the development of the quantum theory, particularly in the biographical aspect of the main physicists involved
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 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