Uncertainty by David Lindley
Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science

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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.


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About David Lindley

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David Lindley holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Sussex University and has been an editor at Nature, Science, and Science News. Now a full-time writer, he is the author of The End of Physics, Where Does the Weirdness Go?, The Science of Jurassic Park, Boltzmann's Atom, and Degrees Kelvin. He was also the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa science writing prize. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Published February 12, 2008 by Anchor. 272 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Around 1914, Danish physicist Niels Bohr imagined the atom as a miniature solar system, with electrons orbiting the nucleus and changing orbits as they absorbed or emitted quanta of light.

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The uncertainty in this delightful book refers to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, an idea first postulated in 1927 by physicist Werner Heisenberg in his attempt to make sense out of the developing field of quantum mechanics.

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David Lindley’s book on Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle provides a useful précis of the mind-blowing progress of physics in the early 20th century.

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Uncertainty primarily concerns the development of quantum physics and more specifically of the uncertainty principle.

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