Einstein and the Quantum The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

ISBN-10: 0691139687

ISBN-13: 9780691139685

Edition: 2014

Authors: A. Douglas Stone
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Description: Einstein and the Quantum reveals for the first time the full significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of light--the core of what we now know as quantum theory--than he did about relativity.A compelling blend of physics, biography, and the history of science, Einstein and the Quantum shares the untold story of how Einstein--not Max Planck or Niels Bohr--was the driving force behind early quantum theory. It paints a vivid portrait of the iconic physicist as he grappled with the apparently contradictory nature of the atomic world, in which its invisible constituents defy the categories of classical physics, behaving simultaneously as both particle and wave. And it demonstrates how Einstein's later work on the emission and absorption of light, and on atomic gases, led directly to Erwin Schrödinger's breakthrough to the modern form of quantum mechanics. The book sheds light on why Einstein ultimately renounced his own brilliant work on quantum theory, due to his deep belief in science as something objective and eternal.A book unlike any other, Einstein and the Quantum offers a completely new perspective on the scientific achievements of the greatest intellect of the twentieth century, showing how Einstein's contributions to the development of quantum theory are more significant, perhaps, than even his legendary work on relativity.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

A. Douglas Stone is the Carl A. Morse Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Hundred Times More Than Relativity Theory
"An Act of Desperation"
The Impudent Swabian
The Gypsy Life
Two Pillars of Wisdom
The Perfect Instruments of the Creator
More Heat Than Light
Difficult Counting
Those Fabulous Molecules
Tripping the Light Heuristic
Entertaining the Contradiction
Stalking the Planck
Calamity Jeans
Frozen Vibrations
Planck's Nobel Nightmare
Joining the Union
Creative Fusion
The Importance of Being Nernst
Lamenting the Ruins
A Cosmic Interlude
Bohr's Atomic Sonata
Relying on Chance
Chaotic Ghosts
Fifteen Million Minutes of Fame
The Indian Comet
Quantum Dice
The Royal Marriage: E = mc<sup>2</sup> = hv
The Viennese Polymath
Confusion and Then Uncertainty
Nicht diese T�ne
The Physicists
The Three Thermal Radiation Laws
Notes
References
Index
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