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By comparison, this book is light on the science, but kumzr an excellent history of quantum physics. Physics concerns what we can say about nature. Over 30 years later Bohr was still refining his argument. All the while when people believed light was a wave and matter continuous they had to take a leap into believing light could be a particle and an atom can have discontinuities.

Manjit Quantym takes a very complicated topic, quantum mechanics and breaks down into understandable language. Books by Manjit Kumar. The act of measurement affects the system, c I very much enjoyed this book exploring the origins and rollout of the The Copenhagen interpretation; the meaning of quantum mechanics that was largely devised in the years to by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

Atoms are because of Neils Bohr but is there anything smaller than an atom and can it jump into pararell worlds and be measured. If you use computers, you are using something from physics, if you watch TV, thank physics for that.

At the time, Kumar relates, this was “just too radical for physicists majnit accept”. Pauli developed a fourth quantum number which would later be explained as spin. The debate over the ability of quantum theory to describe nature was fueled by many leading physicists of quamtum time, some of whom directly contributed to the development of quantum physics, but later found themselves arguing against the theory they helped to create.

Physicist Roger Penrose and many others believe that quantum physics is an incomplete theory 2. Many good books are written to simplistically explain the theoretical revolutions brought about in The first half of the tweNtieth century.


There are always new discoveries made but the early 19th century before electricity and computers.

The quantum ukmar are explained with clarity with a couple of exceptions, but I enjoyed the book too much to be too critical. I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. If you desire to know more about quantum mechanics, I would totally recommend this book, for it is presented in not-too-technical kumag, thus making the probability of your being able to grasp it a bit higher even if you don’t have any background of physics or mathematics.

Manjit Kumar was able to shed at least a little light some photons if you like quxntum the topic, and I got a glimpse on this extraordinary achievement of human mind. This is certainly not true according to physicists who knew him.

It became clear over time that the assumptions of classical physics were not valid at the subatomic level, though Einstein, Planck and Schrodinger were never fully comfortable with the rejection of classical determinism and causality.

When it decays it will trigger a Geiger counter that will trigger the release of a vial of poison killing the cat. The debate would dominate the minds of Bohr and Einstein over the ensuing years. But then Manjit examines the concept very thoroughly, focussing on the Copenhagen interpretation along with Einstein’s objections to this manjitt, based on his belief that quantum theory is incomplete and that probability and non-locality must have some underlying explanation that is still to be discovered.

Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar

What monstrous or maybe divine act of observation could have collapsed the wave-function of the entire universe so as to promote it to physical reality? All in all, a great book about great people to have ever lived among us. Light-quanta or Quark is the smallest measurement. The book brings out the essence of those exhilarating times in science when great minds battle year after year on the nature of Reality amidst two major world wars and the looming threats of fascism and communism.


There’s a good bit of biographical and world history in the mix and you really get into the lives of these pivotal scientists, their passions, theories, interests, and lives. This shows that not everything is settled in quantum physics. View all 5 comments.

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Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality

This book gave life to most of the physics stuff I learnt. The debate between Bohr and Einstein was about how mahjit you can measure before it stops. So this is science, history, philosophy, biography. The book is lucid and delightfully accessible in spite of the difficult subject matter. Somewhere, Einstein is puffing on his pipe and smiling ironically. I really liked the last chapter of the book.

The act of measurement affects the system, causing the set of probabilities to reduce to only one of the possible values immediately after the measurement. For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science.

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This thought is mystified by what is commonly called Copenhagen interpretation, and its strong proponents were Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Max Born. Jun 01, Menglong Youk rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also provides what I’ve found to be the best and most coherent account of the history of the development of quantum theory that I’ve read, managing, at the same time, to bring alive many of the key physicists and mathematicians involved, and not just Neils Bohr and Albert Einstein who are in the book’s titl There are a lot of popular science books on quantum theory but this one is different in that its aim is to question what’s meant by reality.

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