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The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty

The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Crease, Robert P.
By Goldhaber, Alfred Scharff

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The discovery of the quantum the idea, born in the early 1900s in a remote corner of physics, that energy comes in finite packets instead of infinitely divisible quantities planted a rich set of metaphors in the popular imagination. Quantum imagery and language now bombard us lik...e an endless stream of photons. Phrases such as multiverses, quantum leaps, alternate universes, the uncertainty principle, and Schrodinger's cat get reinvented continually in cartoons and movies, coffee mugs and T-shirts, and fiction and philosophy, reinterpreted by each new generation of artists and writers. Is a quantum leap big or small? How uncertain is the uncertainty principle? Is this barrage of quantum vocabulary pretentious and wacky, or a fundamental shift in the way we think? All the above, say Robert P. Crease and Alfred Scharff Goldhaber in this pathbreaking book. The authors one a philosopher, the other a physicist draw on their training and six years of co-teaching to dramatize the quantum s rocky path from scientific theory to public understanding. Together, they and their students explored missteps and mistranslations, jokes and gibberish, of public discussion about the quantum. Their book explores the quantum s manifestations in everything from art and sculpture to the prose of John Updike and David Foster Wallace. The authors reveal the quantum s implications for knowledge, metaphor, intellectual exchange, and the contemporary world. Understanding and appreciating quantum language and imagery, and recognizing its misuse, is part of what it means to be an educated person today. The result is a celebration of language at the interface of physics and culture, perfect for anyone drawn to the infinite variety of ideas.
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ISBN 9780393351927
Released NZ 21 Dec 2015
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780393351927
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 21 Dec 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Crease, Robert P.
By Goldhaber, Alfred Scharff
Category Physics: Theoretical Methods
Quantum Physics (Quantum Mechanics)
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 539
Weight 360g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Quantum theory - Popular works, Physics - Popular works
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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