Uncertainty - David Lindley (Paperback)

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

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12 Feb 2008
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David Lindley
Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
Random House Inc
Number of Pages
203 x 127 x 13mm (197g)


An in-depth analysis of the uncertainty principle, first introduced by German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1927, discusses the birth, evolution, and impact of this important idea, as well as the clash in personalities and ideas that it provoked between Einstein's theories and the new generations of physicists who espoused quantum theory. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.


The gripping, entertaining, and vividly-told narrative of a radical discovery that sent shockwaves through the scientific community and forever changed the way we understand the world.

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 and lively 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.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Science / Physics / General
BISAC Subject 2
Science / History
BISAC Subject 3
Science / History
BIC Classification 1
Science: general issues
Library Subject 1
Physics - Philosophy
Library Subject 2
Heisenberg uncertainty principle
Academic Subject 1
Philosophy Of Physics
Academic Subject 2
History Of Science
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

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 is also a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa science writing prize. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Praise for David Lindley's Uncertainty

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

"Lindley captures the passion of the struggle, showing both the public controversies and the sometimes harsh private judgments. . . . The story is told with verve." --Nature

"A physicist and skilled science writer, Lindley neatly sketches the players and chessboard at the Solvay Conferences, where Einstein lost his battle against the quantum world." --USA Today

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

"Layers keen human drama on top of mind-bending scientific advancement." --Discover Magazine

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

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