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In spite of their battles for decades, msnjit Bohr and Einstein were such great human beings, having a great regard and affection for one another.
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
Who observed the big bang to collapse the probability wave? So this is science, history, philosophy, biography.
The book contains a lot of interesting information about the confusion felt by these great physicists as they tried to understand the implications of majnit experimental results and mathematical theories. Much more interesting to me though was the Einstein-Bohr debate.
Wave particle duality was now established for energy and matter. Copenhagen Interpretation states that a physical system does not have a definite property prior to being measured, which means that before being measured, its property is just the cloud of probability.
Overall, I would say this book was more about history than about the actual science. Sep 25, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: The act of measurement affects the system, causing the set of probabilities to reduce to only one quqntum the possible values immediately after the measurement.
Jul 25, Ami Iida rated it really liked it Mwnjit Jun 20, Nick Gotch rated it it was amazing.
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The essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of young men at its heart. The title itself is enough to carry away someone who is a quantum quuantum. This was in I’ve read books and watched many documentaries about quantum mechanics before. As Heisenberg showed, it was impossible to estimate their position and momenta with perfect precision, not because of the limits of our knowledge or the imprecision of the measuring devices used, but because this uncertainty or indeterminacy were inherent characteristics of phenomena at a subatomic scale.
Many Physicists in Germany were Jewish or had Jewish connections. The book manages this. Bohr and Quangum and many others insist that there is no objective reality. This resolved one objection to the Copenhagen Interpretation: This book specifically mwnjit on the metaphysical debates between Einstein and Bohr and the fundamental implications it has for the nature of reality itself. For me, the science was heavy, as my fascination with science has always been greater than my knowledge of it.
Moreover gives a clear idea about how difficult is to bring new concepts in a well established academic community. Einstein in published quantun paper with help from Princeton assistants known as the EPR paper.
In John Stewart Bell put forth a theorem to test whether any local hidden variables could be used to explain the behavior of the entangled particles in the EPR ,anjit experiment.
He helped Max Planck in the development of early ideas such as quantized energy levels in quantum physics. But that stuff is nowhere near as compelling as the overall drama at the heart of this account. This shows that not everything is settled in quantum physics.
A must read for anyone interested in either science or scienlists.
maniit You might have thought that Einstein, the most famous scientist who ever lived, was not much in need of rehabilitation. But Copenhagen purists would still say that the cat was both dead and alive until the wave was collapsed by observation.
The author presents a nice proportionate view of different aspects childhood, personal, professional of the life of the scientists without every missing a rudimentary explanation of the physical principles each scientist unfolded with their discoveries of new things and how it eventually led to a weird world of quantum.
If not entertaining guests, he would return to work until he went to bed between 11 and For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. This is framed with the Solvay conference in A tiny radioactive substance is placed in the box.
I simply have to trust the author knowledge! Another issue for quantum mechanics is determining the dividing line between the quantum world and the classical world where reality is the norm. Until someone took a measurement, it did not make sense to say the manjig is at such and such a place. Clarifies and explains concepts and events in 20th-century physics in ways that enable the scientific imbecile to better comprehend what the big deal is and why it’s still such a big deal.
Since the event is not observed, does it happen? Manjit Kumar’s narrative brings out all these essential human qualities quite vividly. But in its matter of fact style, the book fails to convey the majesty of the subject, or to explain with sufficient energy the fascination it holds even for intelligent laymen. He dodged the issue by saying that only the exchange of energy was quantized, not energy itself.
It made me realize how far we have come as species in deriving and making complex majjit about nature. One might not have the mathematics to follow every step of the science, but everyone has a potential stake in what it seems to imply about reality and our relationship with it.
Many who are familiar with the history of quantum physics think that even though Einstein is unquestionably the best scientist mankind has ever seen but they also believe that he was grumpy old man who did not appreciate new and novel ideas in physics.
There is a fair bit of math and physics along the way, some parts get pretty heavy into it, but mostly th Quantum was an excellent history of the quantum revolution that began in the early 20th century. This book Although I study chemistry and I love science, I’ve never been good at physics.
Quantum (book) – Wikipedia
In what also has to operate as a kind of group quantu, of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli, Dirac et al, the quasi-novelistic character sketches occasionally have a comic quality “The son of a tax collector, Ludwig Boltzmann was short and stout with an impressive late 19th-century beard” ; but the real meat of the book is the explanations of science and philosophical interpretation, which are pitched with an ideal clarity for the general reader. Years ago, When I started my studies in chemistry and physics, my brother thoughtfully gave me a framed copy of the famous Solvay Conference group photo, the one mentioned in the prologue, as inspiration.
It has been a wonderful journey. He also provides what I’ve found to be the best and most coherent account of the history of the development of quantum theory that I’ve read, managing, at the same time, to bring alive many of the key physicists and mathematicians involved, and not just Neils Bohr and Albert Einstein who are in the book’s titl There are a lot of popular science books on quantum theory but this one quanttum different in that its aim is to question what’s meant by reality.
This time I decided ,umar make an exception and read this book. The author discusses the results of crucial experiments such as tests of Bell’s theorem, and other work that jumar have lead to confusions quanttum mistakes.