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The quantum moment : how Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg taught us to love uncertainty

Author: Robert P Crease; Alfred S Goldhaber
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The authors-- one a philosopher, the other a physicist-- draw on their training and six years of co-teaching to dramatize the quantum's rocky path from scientific theory to public understanding while also exploring the quantum's manifestations in everything from art and sculpture to the prose of John Updike and David Foster Wallace.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Crease; Alfred S Goldhaber
ISBN: 9780393067927 0393067920 9780393351927 0393351920
OCLC Number: 879329423
Description: viii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The Newtonian moment --
Interlude : The Grand Design --
A pixelated world --
Interlude : Max Planck introduces the quantum --
Quantum leaps --
Interlude : Niels Bohr uses quantum leaps to make atoms go --
Randomness --
Interlude : Albert Einstein shows how God plays dice --
The matter of identity : a quantum shoe that hasn't dropped --
Interlude : Wolfgang Pauli and the Exclusion Principle, Satyendra Bose, and bosons --
Sharks and tigers : schizophrenia --
Interlude : Erwin Schrödinger's map, Werner Heisenberg's map --
Uncertainty --
Interlude : The Uncertainty Principle --
Reality fractured : cubism and complementarity --
Interlude : Complementarity, objectivity, and the double-slit experiment --
No dice! --
Interlude : John Bell and his theorem --
Schrödinger's cat --
Interlude : The border war --
Rabbit hole : the thirst for parallel worlds --
Interlude : multiverses --
Saving physics --
The now moment.
Other Titles: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg taught us to love uncertainty
Responsibility: Robert P. Crease, Alfred Scharff Goldhaber.

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