Schrodinger: Life and Thought Paperback – 3 Sep 1992
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"It is an attempt to analyze a soul, and in that respect, it surpasses even `The Double Helix' by James Watson in its examination of the most visceral drives of a great scientist." The New York Times Book Review
"What is Life? That Schrödinger knew the answer, in more ways than one, is revealed to us in this biograpy." Nature
"This is the best book available today on the life and work of Schrödinger." Times Higher Education Supplement
"It is really two books in one: a clear, elegant and complete account of Schrödinger's scientific life and achievements, and a detailed and insightful account of Schrödinger's private life." Physics Today
"...a literate, readable biography accessible to scientists and humanists alike." American Historical Review
"It is very good on the science--sometimes too good--for it does not shirk detailed expositions of Schrödinger's theories." Observer
"An unusually thorough and competent scientific biography of one of the founders of 20th-century physical theory...an absorbing account of the social and scientific culture of Europe in the period after WWI." Choice
"...full and candid story." New York Review of Books
"The quality of this biography is outstanding, and it promises to be the key authority on the life of work of Erwin Schrödinger for years to come." Science Books and Films
"...a delightfully interesting and sympathetic view of a complex and multifaceted man....This book can be recommended as one of the best scientific biographies for how veridically and sympathetically it treats its difficult, complex subject." Perceptual and Motor Skills
This is a biography of the great scientist, Erwin Schrödinger (author of What is Life?), which draws upon recollections of his family and friends, as well as on contemporary records, diaries and letters. It aims to reveal the fundamental motives that drove him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Some say that deValera's hidden agenda in setting up the Institute of Advanced Studies in Dublin was with the express intention of spiriting Schrodinger out of wartime Germany and safely to Ireland.
Schrodinger was the originator of wave mechanics in Quantum Mechanics (QM). His clever idea was to use the Hamiltonian in deriving it. Kudos to him.
Many people are under the impression that he accepted the probabilistic interpretation of QM - but that was not so. To his dying day he believed, like Einstein, that Nature was not a crapshoot. No dice need be involved, thank you.
The only downside, for me anyway, is that Moore is writing for fellow scientists and the maths is way too advanced for a layman like myself.
The chapters on Schrodinger's mystical beliefs are fascinating and Walter J. Moore let's Schrodinger speak for himself, as biographers should.
So overall, a highly readable biography.
Schrodinger was deeply philosophical in his thoughts than any other scientist of his time, but he apparently did not make far-reaching philosophical conclusions from his work in quantum physics. He was held back because he knew there was a lack of clarity. Schrödinger was deeply influenced by the thoughts of Schopenhauer, and developed strong interest in Buddhist philosophy and Vedanta (one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy.) Schrodinger intensively studied the works of Schopenhauer, Henry Warren, Max Welleser, Richard Garbe, Paul Deussen, Max Muller, and Rhys Davids to understand Hindu and Buddhist philosophies. Erwin's interest in Vedanta and Upanishads started at a young age when he was accustomed to cold hungry time in war-torn Vienna. His search for the truth never reached conclusion as his one time lover Hansi Bauer noted, but his belief in Vedanta remained the same since 1920 until his death. He was a life long believer of Vedanta.Read more ›
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I was impressed by the freshness of Moore's writing and his diligence in unearthing the daily life of Erwin Schrodinger over so many years. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2009 by Nigel Seel