Baker & Taylor
The physicist and best-selling author of A Brief History of Time guides the nonscientific reader through the most important papers on quantum physics, providing an introductory essay for each.Perseus Publishing
"God does not play dice with the universe." So said Albert Einstein in response to the first discoveries that launched quantum physics, as they suggested a random universe that seemed to violate the laws of common sense. This 20th-century scientific revolution completely shattered Newtonian laws, inciting a crisis of thought that challenged scientists to think differently about matter and subatomic particles.The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of compiles the essential works from the scientists who sparked the paradigm shift that changed the face of physics forever, pushing our understanding of the universe on to an entirely new level of comprehension. Gathered in this anthology is the scholarship that shocked and befuddled the scientific world, including works by Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, Erwin Schrodinger, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, as well as an introduction by today's most celebrated scientist, Stephen Hawking.Book News
Hawking (theoretical cosmology and mathematics, U. of Cambridge) brings together the most paradigm-shifting works on quantum physics in the 20th century, giving insight into how each selected paper shattered previous scientific understanding of Newtonian physics and, in time, created entirely new frameworks by which to understand the nature of matter, quantum mechanics and subatomic particles. The first time they have been presented together, papers from luminaries such as Bohr, Plank, Heisenberg, Born, Schrodinger, Feynman and Einstein are sorted into groupings by the concepts they address and prefaced by an introduction by Hawking examining the concepts, their context and revolutionary qualities. Surprisingly readable and thoughtfully curated, Hawking delivers his customary clarity and infectious sense of wonder. Annotation Â©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Baker
Collects several historic scientific papers that served to establish quantum theory and fundamentally alter the scientific understanding of physical reality and the universe.