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Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality Paperback – 2 April 2009

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  • Paperback : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781848310353
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1848310353
  • Dimensions : 15.29 x 3.05 x 23.39 cm
  • Publisher : Icon Books; Reprint edition (2 April 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 1848310358
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 561 ratings

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

'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

‘…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

Synopsis

For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific revolution, and the ferocious, divisive debate at its heart. For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. Yet Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century. While "Quantum" sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age, Kumar's centrepiece is the conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science.'Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of physicists into believing that the problem had been solved', lamented the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann. But in "Quantum", Kumar brings Einstein back to the centre of the quantum debate. It is an essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of young men at its heart.

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