FASCINATING HISTORIC INTRODUCTION,
This review is from: The Quantum Story: A history in 40 moments (Hardcover)
This book is warmly recommended as both a chronological case study of the history of science in the domain of quantum physics and as an introduction to quantum physics. More monographic histories of the "40 moments" presented in this book, based on close study of archives and detailed attention to contexts, are required. But the overall panorama presented in this book demonstrates well the dramatic history of quantum physics as a paradigm shifting scientific revolution. The fact that this process is continuing, as illustrated by the July 4th 2012 CERN announcement on the existence of the Higgs particle, adds to the drama.
Careful reading of the book also add up to quite some understanding of the principle issues of quantum physics and the controversies surrounding them, thus making this book into a good general introduction to the subject. It would be helpful if the author had included at the beginning of the book a short survey of the main ideas of quantum physics, as a kind of analytic roadmap helping the reader to integrate all the episodes into a coherent view. But there are also didactic advantages to leaving this task to the minds of the readers.
I will include this book in the recommended readings lists of my next book.
Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem