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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (3 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Philosophically, the implications of quantum mechanics are psychedelic. . . . [a] mind-expanding discovery."--Gary Zukav, author of "The Seat of the Soul"

About the Author

Werner Heisenberg's celebrated Uncertainty Principle is one of the cornerstones of modern physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932 and received numerous other awards. As a public figure he actively promoted the peaceful use of atomic power, and in 1957 led other German scientists in opposing a move to equip the West German army with nuclear weapons. He died in 1976.

Paul Davies is the author of many books, including God and the New Physics and The Fifth Miracle.


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Heisenberg explains the basics of quantum theory in his own words (rather than by formulas) making it also accessible to people with little knowledge of mathematics or physics. In addition he provides a to-the-point elaboration on the enormous implications his findings have for science in general. The excellent introduction of Paul Davies is the icing on the cake.
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I may have read too much into the title of this book, the key words are 'and' and 'revolution'. The book compares the "revolutions" in modern physics to those in ancient philosophy, and does so in a very straightforward and easily digestible manner. My only disappointment really is that I was hoping to read more on the philosophical implications of modern physics, and the book was rather light on that. Still, the physics is handled deftly and well explained, and the philosophy appears to be well understood (although I must admit I'm not that familiar with ancient philosophers).

All in all, a very enlightening short read.
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An interesting and useful introduction to the history and theory of modern physics by a leading exponent that can be read by a layman.
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I am half way through this book and it is very interesting. I now have a much better understanding of quantum physics. It is also interesting to see scientific developments related to various traditions in western philosophy. However, I have never read a book with so many typos and grammatical errors, this doesn't really seem acceptable considering most of these would be spotted using a computer spell check program. Therefore, minus one star. The writing style of Heisenberg is very clear to understand. I have very little experience of physics but still found it easy enough to read. Good book, bad quality publishing.
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This is not a typical philosophy written by a scientist paper. Extremly well written, Rational, cogent, faire, articulate, I would highly recommend it. He basically is saying in the process of doing science he implies the process of doing philosophy is about defining concepts and words and finding boundaries and then by defining those boundaries all way you've reached those boundaries defining new concepts and so forth. I think he does a good job of explaining some of the complex physics, there are times where it becomes very technical and it's quite difficult for a layperson to understand but for the most part I think he does a pretty good job of explaining a difficult subject. Towards the end he talks about biology, psychology and he compares art and architecture to mathematical systems which was quite interesting. Enjoyed it very much.
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