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Niels Bohr's Philosophy of Physics Paperback – March 16, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0521379274 ISBN-10: 052137927X
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"The breadth and clarity of Murdoch's analysis makes this book a worthy addition to Bohrian scholarship." New Scientist

"...an excellent book on Bohr's philosophy of physics and its relevance for the present debate." Jan Faye, ISIS
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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 28, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052137927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521379274
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Malaney on March 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a nuclear engineering graduate student, I expected to understand most of what was discussed, but the book is highly technical and really requires a further understanding of quantum mechanics. If you haven't had an introduction to modern physics course, or have equivalent knowledge, you won't be able to appreciate the philosophical points. With some knowledge, an understanding of the original philosophical considerations of quantum mechanics is gained by reading this book. Additionally, expect this book to take a very long time to read--I took more than four months to finish and I can usually read even technical things of comparable length in less than a week.

Finally, I like the portrait of Bohr that is presented in this book. Usually he is shown as extremely abstracted and highly intelligent, but largely as a caring person--more the human side. This book helped me understand the level of his genius without showing him as inhumanly scientific or emphasizing his assistance to other scientists during the WWII.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. King on September 1, 2009
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This book is concerned with the philosophical interpretation of quantum physics that Bohr developed over his career (and thus, over the development of quantum physics), but there are fairly explicit physical arguments (Gedanken experiments) that clearly expose the issues at hand. This is very appropriate for Bohr's work.

The presentation of Bohr's argument with Einstein on the time/energy uncertainty inequality is the clearest I have ever seen.

For people interested in the meaning of quantum mechanics: You will need to know the quantum physics. There are also a couple of very detailed chapters on other philosophers' views of Bohr and quantum physics, including fairly recent commentary.
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