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The Quantum Revolution: A Historical Perspective (Greenwood Guides to Great Ideas in Science) 1st Edition

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"The Quantum Revolution can serve as a resource to guide students through the work that was done by scientists such as Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli, Dirac, Schrodinger, and others….[E]specially recommended to those who are interested in researching the atomic theory, the development of nuclear weapons, and nuclear physics."


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"This delightful volume should be on the shelf of just about every undergraduate library; hopefull, students will find it and give it a read. A well-constructed index is included. Recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates."



"There are appealing and relevant sidelights on the lives and relationships of the physicists and on the technologies that depend on our advances in understanding. The long lasting debates on the foundations and interpretations of quantum mechanics are discussed in deatil; the arguments of Einstein, Bohr, Schrodinger, von Neumann, Bohm, Bell, and many others; the problems of entanglement; and the possibility of nonlocality. For those who are interested, this discussion is an outstanding feature of the book. The time line, glossary, recommendations for further reading, and list of references are valuable additions."



"The book is designed for the reader who has an interest in quantum theory and its history. The text does not contain numerous mathematical formulas, which makes it easier for the nontechnical person to understand. …This book is recommended for public and college libraries."



Book Description

Provides a history of one of the most powerful and successful science theories — quantum mechanics.


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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Great Ideas in Science
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 1 edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031333448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313334481
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,159,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peacock's book is a thorough, clear outline of the development of quantum mechanics -- the new physics -- from its earliest origins in the nineteenth century. The author, who seems very well-grounded in quantum physics, tries hard to explain the growth of this highly mathematical field in simple analogies and well-crafted written text. There are no equations in this readable account, but a reader not already familiar with some of the history and great names of twentieth century physics will probably have to refer to the time-line and glossary in the back of the book to keep it all straight. Quantum physics is extremely important; this may be the best introduction to it for the layperson in English.
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