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Einstein defiant : genius versus genius in the quantum revolution

Author: Edmund Blair Bolles
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Quantum mechanics was perhaps the single greatest scientific discovery of 20th century physics. But the man who was arguably the greatest physicist of them all - Albert Einstein - struggled with the theory, seeking a more complete explanation of the physical phenomena that scientists were observing. Einstein's reluctance to embrace the quantum ultimately pitted him against another great genius of the era, Niels  Read more...
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Named Person: Albert Einstein; Niels Bohr; Albert Einstein; Niels Bohr; Albert Einstein; Niels Henrik David Bohr
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Blair Bolles
ISBN: 0309089980 9780309089982 0309096170 9780309096171
OCLC Number: 53331658
Description: viii, 348 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A radical fact resisted --
The opposite of an intriguer --
Not German at all --
I never fully understood it --
Independence and inner freedom --
A mercy of fate --
Picturesque phrases --
Scientific dada --
Such a devil of a fellow --
Intuition and inspiration --
Bold, not to say reckless --
A completely new lesson --
Slaves to time and space --
Where all weaker imaginations wither --
A triumph of Einstein over Bohr --
A radical theory created --
Something deeply hidden --
Completely solved --
Exciting and exacting times --
Intellectual drunkenness --
The observant executrix --
It might look crazy --
Taking nothing solemnly --
How much more gratifying --
A radical understanding defied --
Sorcerer's multiplication --
Adding two nonsenses --
Admiration and suspicion --
An unrelenting fanatic --
The secret of the old one --
Indeterminacy --
A very pleasant talk --
The dream of his life --
The saddest chapter --
A reality independent of man --
A certain unreasonableness.
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Despite their mutual appreciation of the quantum's importance, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr never agreed on the fundamentals of their work. This book captures the soul and the science that inspired  Read more...

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