Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

George Gamow


"Dr. Gamow, physicist and proficient author, has sketched an fascinating portrait of the scientists and clashing principles that made the quantum revolution." — Christian technological know-how Monitor
In 1900, German physicist Max Planck postulated that mild, or radiant power, can exist in simple terms within the type of discrete applications or quanta. This profound perception, besides Einstein's both momentous theories of relativity, thoroughly revolutionized man's view of topic, power, and the character of physics itself.
In this lucid layman's creation to quantum conception, an eminent physicist and famous popularizer of technological know-how strains the advance of quantum concept from the flip of the century to approximately 1930 — from Planck's seminal suggestion (still constructing) to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi's nuclear learn. Gamow used to be not only a spectator on the theoretical breakthroughs which essentially altered our view of the universe, he used to be an lively player who made vital contributions of his personal. This "insider's" vantage element lends precise validity to his cautious, available motives of Heisenberg's Uncertainty precept, Niels Bohr's version of the atom, the pilot waves of Louis de Broglie and different path-breaking ideas.
In addition, Gamow recounts a wealth of showing own anecdotes which provide a hot human measurement to many giants of 20th-century physics. He ends the ebook with the Blegdamsvej Faust, a pleasant play written in 1932 via Niels Bohr's scholars and co-workers to satirize the epochal advancements that have been revolutionizing physics. This celebrated play is offered merely during this volume.
Written in a transparent, vigorous sort, and superior by way of 12 images (including candid pictures of Rutherford, Bohr, Pauli, Heisenberg, Fermi, and others), Thirty Years that Shook Physics deals either scientists and laymen a hugely readable creation to the intense conceptions that helped free up many secrets and techniques of power and subject and laid the foundation for destiny discoveries.

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