By Crease, Robert P.By Goldhaber, Alfred Scharff
Do we live in one of many parallel worlds, with near-identical versions of ourselves spread across the multiverse? Is a quantum leap unthinkably massive or subatomically small? The language and the imagery of quantum mechanics are ubiquitous, yet the science and its journey into ...everyday language still confounds us. In The Quantum Moment, Robert P. Crease and Alfred Scharff Goldhaber tell how a controversial idea from an obscure branch of optics grew in complexity and authority, eventually dominating the scientific community and commanding the attention of the culture at large. Recounting fiery disputes between figures including Einstein, Schrodinger, and Pauli, the authors trace popular images time travel, parallel worlds, random behavior back to their scientific roots and uncover modern manifestations in everything from architecture and sculpture to the prose of John Updike. The Quantum Moment combines an exhilarating history of the quantum with shrewd insight into our experience of the everyday.Read more
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. Alfred Scharff Goldhaber is a professor of physics at Stony Brook University whose research ranges from elementary particles to cosmology. He also teaches an unorthodox course that introduces quantum mechanics by way of optics.
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