Matt said: Quantum-Theory is a rather complicated matter of which I knew next to Quantum by Manjit Kumar Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra. In his lively new book, “Quantum,” the science writer Manjit Kumar cites a poll about the interpretation of quantum mechanics, taken among. Manjit Kumar’s Quantum is a super-collider of a book, shaking together an exotic cocktail of free-thinking physicists, tracing their chaotic.

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This brilliant work takes you through the history of the ideas behind quantum mechanics from the late 19th Manjit Kumar’s book is a fascinating history of one of the most fundamental areas of science. However, for all practical purposes, most scientists by the midth century accept the Copenhagen view and get on kumzr their science.

Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality

Only a particle would behave this way. He denied that electrons were particles at all while Heisenberg, committed to particles, opposed the wave theory, putting the two at odds. It explains clearly the difficult concepts involved in the early debates about quanta, and gives the reader a sense of the personalities involved int these debates. Using the format of a narrative history definitely helps with this.

Yet Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century. I have a bet of dollars that we won’t find the Higgs. The personal flaws of each scientist were also subtly pointed out which made them a bit human for me after finishing the book. For sure it’ll clear up what quantum means when the physics people use it. The essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of young men at its heart.


The book is lucid and delightfully accessible in spite of the difficult kumsr matter. A good book, it certainly kumzr me wanting to know more. This ought not to be surprising — for, as this new book shows, the discipline has from its inception been intimately bound up not just with empirical investigation, but with passionate philosophical arguments about the nature of existence itself.

I would gladly give it to you when I finish it myself. There were two groups among these men: There is quite a lot of repetition but, from my perspective, I found that helpful in reinforcing many of the points raised.

Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar

But then Manjit examines the concept very thoroughly, focussing on the Copenhagen interpretation along with Einstein’s objections to this interpretation, based on his belief that quantum theory is incomplete and that probability and non-locality must have some underlying explanation that is still to be discovered. This discussion between Bohr and Einstein mqnjit the interpretation of quantum theory began in at the fifth Solvay Conference.

The author presents a nice proportionate kuumar of different aspects childhood, personal, professional of the life of the scientists without every missing a rudimentary explanation of the physical principles each scientist unfolded with their discoveries of new things and how it even The book gives a condensed history of the modern physics. I think that is a measure of just how good this book is.


For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. Bohr’s “Copenhagen interpretation”, which became orthodoxy for most of the century, still has the power to shock. Afterwards he would work in his study kummar dinner between 6. Much more interesting to me though was the Einstein-Bohr debate.

All in all, a very fascinating book. This book gave life to most of the physics stuff I learnt. If that is true, how did the universe itself begin? Books by Manjit Kumar. Physics concerns what we can say about nature.

This book tells us about all the hard work, the passion, the struggles that these scientists experienced.

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Along came Einstein who accepted atoms as discrete matter and sources of discrete energy. Perhaps the most embarrassing question asked of the Copenhagen interpretation was a version of the cat paradox scaled up to cosmic size. For me, the science was heavy, as my fascination with science has always been greater than my knowledge manhit it. With persistence, patience, and attention, some level of understanding could be reached.

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