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Quantum

Un libro in lingua di Manjit Kumar edito da W W Norton & Co Inc, 2010

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Quantum libro in lingua di Kumar Manjit
 
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A RIVETING ACCOUNT OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF PHYSICS, THE BRILLIANT YOUNG MINDS AT ITS CORE, AND AN IDEA THAT IGNITED THE GREATEST INTELLECTUAL DEBATE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

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 tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution, and the divisive debate at its core.

Quantum theory is weird. Albert Einstein suggested in 1905 that light was a particle, not a wave, defying a century of experiments. For sixty years, most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the existence of an independent reality. 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 centerpiece 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 restores Einstein to his rightful place on the frontier of science.

Combining a lucid account of quantum theory with a gripping narrative of the clashing personalities at the heart of the debate, Quantum is the essential read for anyone fascinated by this pivotal era in modern science.