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Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality Hardcover – 1 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393078299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393078299
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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'I found Quantum a fascinating, riveting read. I have not read individual biographies of the scientists concerned beyond what can be found in customary introductory sections of popular science books, and I normally dislike the biographical approach to popular science, but in this case the interweaving of the stories of the scientists and of the science worked brilliantly. Quantum shows not only the body of science, but also its human face. I had a real feeling of observing one of the greatest revolutions of human understanding of the world as it happened; from the personalities of people involved to the administrative details of their employment to the grand sweeps of history that engulfed them. Particularly compelling was how essential for the development of ideas was the communication, co-operation and competition between the scientists: how ideas were bounced between them, reused and refashioned, and how astonishingly creative this cohort of incredibly young men became in the process. ... 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.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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