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Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by [Kumar, Manjit]
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A necessary, mesmerizing and meticulous volume.--Sam Coale

Lively....Chock-full of colorful characters.--Graham Farmelo

Exhilarating. . . . Reading [Quantum] is a bit like lifting the hood of your mind and moving the working parts around; it s challenging and trippy as only the Dr. Seuss realm of the quantum can be. --Laura Miller"

A necessary, mesmerizing and meticulous volume. --Sam Coale"

Lively....Chock-full of colorful characters. --Graham Farmelo"

Kumar is an accomplished writer who knows how to separate the excitement of the chase from the sometimes impenetrable mathematics.

[Kumar] leavens the mind-bending with sketches of the remarkable human beings involved in this godlike enterprise.--Sara Lippincott

One of the best guides yet to the central conundrums of modern physics.--John Banville, author of The Sea

A super-collider of a book, shaking together an exotic cocktail of free-thinking physicists, tracing their chaotic interactions and seeing what God-particles and black holes fly up out of the maelstrom... Provides probably the most lucid and detailed intellectual history ever written of a body of theory that makes other scientific revolutions look limp-wristed by comparison.

Kumar brings lucidity and a sense of drama to what is usually considered by lay readers as an esoteric, bubble-chambered subject. He does this without sacrificing the 'science of it' at the altar of readability. The triumphs and the tribulations, the politics and the physics, the humanity and the genius of the protagonists all collide to produce the sort of energy that we usually expect in a Le Carre thriller.

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'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason… Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' (Nicholas Lezard, Guardian)

'A super-collider of a book'. (Independent)

‘…the most important popular science book of the year.’ (Bookseller)

‘Kumar is an accomplished writer… In Quantum he tells the story of the conflict between two of the most powerful intellects of their day: the hugely famous Einstein and the less well-known but just as brilliant Dane, Niels Bohr.’ (Financial Times)

An exhaustive and brilliant account of decades of emotionally charged discovery and argument, friendship and rivalry spanning two world wars.’ (Steven Poole, Guardian)

‘…it does provide a fresh perspective on the debate.’ (Press Association)

‘A dramatic, powerful and superbly written history.’ (Publishing News)

‘This is not an easy read. There are many concepts that… I could not come to terms with, but this is the biography on an idea and as such read much like a thriller.’ (Ham & High)

‘Quantum is a fascinating, powerful and brilliantly written book that shows one of the most important theories of modern science in the making and discusses its implications for our ideas about the fundamental nature of the world and human knowledge, while presenting intimate and insightful portraits of people who made the science. Highly recommended.’ (Bookbag)

‘‘Quantum’ is an interesting and informative read.’ (Physics World)

‘That science is a many-splendored, sexy thing is the radiating message that comes out of this fabulous book…a pulsating narrative’. (Hindustan Times)

‘Probably the most lucid and detailed intellectual history ever written of a body of theory that makes other scientific revolutions look limp-wristed by comparison’. (Independent)

‘One of the best guides yet to the central conundrums of modern physics.’ (John Banville, The Age, Australia)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6410 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9ZRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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