- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393067927
- ISBN-13: 978-0393067927
- ASIN: 0393067920
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty 1st Edition
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“Fascinating… Crease and Goldhaber have written an accessible and entertaining history that embraces both the science and the silliness of quantum mechanics.”
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About the Author
Robert P. Crease is the chairman of the philosophy department at Stony Brook University and the author of several books on science, including The Quantum Moment and The Great Equations. He lives in New York City.
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I have been studying quantum mechanics now for about 20 years and have to keep going over and over the material. Yes, after all this time I count myself a neophyte. You have to open yourself to an entirely new way of thinking. There has been many a night when I got out of bed, went to the library and reread pages I'd read the day before. You'll say to yourself, "that can't possibly be what I read." What did that page really say? And, you'll find you've recalled correctly. Close your mouth and accept your incredulity as a constantly returning visitor as long as you stick with this topic.
I diagram sentences and draw flow charts. You've really got to want to know this stuff.
The focus, ultimately, is on the Bohr-Heisenberg approach and the growing dissatisfaction of others who refuse to accept the coexistence of two basically incompatible theories of nature. Other culture-based influences are also treated as they made their appearances - Eastern mysticism, the anthropic principle, EST, and others.
A great read and a great exposition of an important topic.