We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | June 22, 2015

    Stephen Jarvis: IMG Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures



    1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Death and Mr. Pickwick

      Stephen Jarvis 9780374139667

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
List price: $16.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside History of Science- General

This title in other editions

Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science

by

Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Werner Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle" challenged centuries of scientific understanding, placed him in direct opposition to Albert Einstein, and put Niels Bohr in the middle of one of the most heated debates in scientific history. Heisenberg's theorem stated that there were physical limits to what we could know about sub-atomic particles; this "uncertainty" would have shocking implications. In a riveting account, David Lindley captures this critical episode and explains one of the most important scientific discoveries in history, which has since transcended the boundaries of science and influenced everything from literary theory to television.

Review:

"Brilliantly captures the personalities and the science surrounding the most revolutionary principle in modern physics. This book is...truly thrilling." Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe

Review:

"Charmingly written and a delight to read....Highlights the human element of science." The Economist

Review:

"Provides a useful précis of the mind-blowing progress of physics in the early 20th century." The New York Times

Review:

"Far and away the best popular account of the development of quantum mechanics I have encountered." Michael D. Gordin, American Scientist

Review:

"Readers will find less scary science in Uncertainty than in most other studies of physics for the general reader, and more good old-fashioned narrative and quirky characters." Providence Journal

Synopsis:

The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa.

—Werner Heisenberg

That God would choose to play dice with the world is something I cannot believe.

—Albert Einstein

Nothing exists until it is measured.

—Neils Bohr

The remarkable story of a startling scientific idea that ignited a battle among the greatest minds of the twentieth century and profoundly influenced intellectual inquiry in fields ranging from physics to literary criticism, anthropology and journalism

In 1927, the young German physicist Werner Heisenberg challenged centuries of scientific understanding when he introduced what came to be known as “the uncertainty principle.” Building on his own radical innovations in quantum theory, Heisenberg proved that in many physical measurements, you can obtain one bit of information only at the price of losing another. Heisenberg’s principle implied that scientific quantities/concepts do not have absolute, independent meaning, but acquire meaning only in terms of the experiments used to measure them. This proposition, undermining the cherished belief that science could reveal the physical world with limitless detail and precision, placed Heisenberg in direct opposition to the revered Albert Einstein. The eminent scientist Niels Bohr, Heisenberg’s mentor and Einstein’s long-time friend, found himself caught between the two.

Uncertainty chronicles the birth and evolution of one of the most significant findings in the history of science, and portrays the clash of ideas and personalities it provoked. Einstein was emotionally as well as intellectually determined to prove the uncertainty principle false. Heisenberg represented a new generation of physicists who believed that quantum theory overthrew the old certainties; confident of his reasoning, Heisenberg dismissed Einstein’s objections. Bohr understood that Heisenberg was correct, but he also recognized the vital necessity of gaining Einstein’s support as the world faced the shocking implications of Heisenberg’s principle.

About the Author

David Lindley holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics and has been an editor at Nature, Science, and Science News. He is the author of The End of Physics, Degrees Kelvin, Where Does the Weirdness Go?, and Boltzmann's Atom. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079964
Author:
Lindley, David
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Physics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.98x5.32x.60 in. .44 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Viva La Repartee: Clever Comebacks... Used Hardcover $1.95
  2. The Field: The Quest for the Secret... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  3. Lego Mindstorms Nxt-G Programming Guide Used Trade Paper $7.95
  4. The Children of Men
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  5. Gate of the Sun Used Trade Paper $6.95
  6. The Journey Home (James A. Michener... Used Hardcover $7.50

Related Subjects


Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Quantum Mechanics

Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 272 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400079964 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brilliantly captures the personalities and the science surrounding the most revolutionary principle in modern physics. This book is...truly thrilling."
"Review" by , "Charmingly written and a delight to read....Highlights the human element of science."
"Review" by , "Provides a useful précis of the mind-blowing progress of physics in the early 20th century."
"Review" by , "Far and away the best popular account of the development of quantum mechanics I have encountered."
"Review" by , "Readers will find less scary science in Uncertainty than in most other studies of physics for the general reader, and more good old-fashioned narrative and quirky characters."
"Synopsis" by , The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa.

—Werner Heisenberg

That God would choose to play dice with the world is something I cannot believe.

—Albert Einstein

Nothing exists until it is measured.

—Neils Bohr

The remarkable story of a startling scientific idea that ignited a battle among the greatest minds of the twentieth century and profoundly influenced intellectual inquiry in fields ranging from physics to literary criticism, anthropology and journalism

In 1927, the young German physicist Werner Heisenberg challenged centuries of scientific understanding when he introduced what came to be known as “the uncertainty principle.” Building on his own radical innovations in quantum theory, Heisenberg proved that in many physical measurements, you can obtain one bit of information only at the price of losing another. Heisenberg’s principle implied that scientific quantities/concepts do not have absolute, independent meaning, but acquire meaning only in terms of the experiments used to measure them. This proposition, undermining the cherished belief that science could reveal the physical world with limitless detail and precision, placed Heisenberg in direct opposition to the revered Albert Einstein. The eminent scientist Niels Bohr, Heisenberg’s mentor and Einstein’s long-time friend, found himself caught between the two.

Uncertainty chronicles the birth and evolution of one of the most significant findings in the history of science, and portrays the clash of ideas and personalities it provoked. Einstein was emotionally as well as intellectually determined to prove the uncertainty principle false. Heisenberg represented a new generation of physicists who believed that quantum theory overthrew the old certainties; confident of his reasoning, Heisenberg dismissed Einstein’s objections. Bohr understood that Heisenberg was correct, but he also recognized the vital necessity of gaining Einstein’s support as the world faced the shocking implications of Heisenberg’s principle.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.