From Publishers Weekly
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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