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“Lindley brilliantly captures the personalities and the science surrounding the most revolutionary principle in modern physics. At stake are our deepest philosophical beliefs about reality. This book is so lucid that the issues are not merely understandable but truly thrilling.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and Universe
“In this always smart, and often beautiful, book, David Lindley illuminates some of the most intriguing theories in physics. The ideas themselves take their shape through the equally complicated lives and hopes of scientists determined to make sense of a seemingly impossible universe. In illuminating both—the elusive and elegant laws of physics, the scientists who struggled to decipher them—Uncertainty rightfully reminds us that the most difficult puzzles in the world around us are solved by both our minds—and our hearts.”
—Deborah Blum, author of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death
“Lindley’s description of one of the most dramatic revolutions in scientific thinking is truly fascinating. The ideas, and the lives of the originators of these ideas, become masterfully intertwined.”
—Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute, and author of The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number
I wanted a brief historical explanation of quantum mechanics and this book ably provided it. It is a fascinating subject and the author has done a fine job of summarizing and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bill
Even english isnot my language and I had to go frequently to the dictionary I really enjoyed this book and I recomend itPublished 14 days ago by Milciades Perez Molina
"Uncertainty" is a fun read! I love the content and it's easy to read! Some commenters gripe that it's not at the right level, because they were apparently looking for... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dad-in-PNW
I don't literally hate this book and series. But it and they are for people with a high school education at most, obviously not for physics or mathematics Ph.D. students. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doug J.
An amazing description of an more amazing time in the history of modern science. These men fought for the heart of Quantum Physics.Published 6 months ago by Juan Carlos Catala
Marvelous background relating the concepts of quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle, the theory of relativity, and Newton's idea of absolute space and time.Published 7 months ago by John T. Jackson
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle has entered popular culture. References to it in the mass media nowadays may be even more frequent than references to Einstein's equation for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. M. Peterson
This is a brilliant book. Wonderfully written, the author is a master of both the history and substance of the great revolution in physics which lead to Quantum Mechanics. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Preston Picus