Catalog

Record Details

Catalog Search


Search Results Showing Item 6 of 2669

What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics / Adam Becker.

Becker, Adam 1984- (author.).
Book Book ([2018])
Description: 370 pages ; 24 cm
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2018]
7 of 8 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
1 of 1 copy available at Bunker Hill Community College.
0 current holds with 8 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Bunker Hill Community College Stacks QC173.98 .B43 2018 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780465096053
  • ISBN: 0465096050
  • ISBN: 9780465096060
  • ISBN: 0465096069
  • Edition: First edition.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: The measure of all things -- Something rotten in the eigenstate of Denmark -- Street brawl -- Copenhagen in Manhattan -- Physics in exile -- It came from another world! -- The most profound discovery of science -- More things in heaven and earth -- Reality underground -- Quantum spring -- Copenhagen versus the universe -- Outrageous fortune.
Summary: "Quantum mechanics is humanity's finest scientific achievement. It explains why the sun shines and how your eyes can see. It's the theory behind the LEDs in your phone and the nuclear hearts of space probes. Every physicist agrees quantum physics is spectacularly successful. But ask them what quantum physics means, and the result will be a brawl. At stake is the nature of the Universe itself. What does it mean for something to be real? What is the role of consciousness in the Universe? And do quantum rules apply to very small objects like electrons and protons, but not us? In What is Real?, Adam Becker brings to vivid life the brave researchers whose quest for the truth led them to challenge Bohr: David Bohm, who picked up Einstein's mantle and sought to make quantum mechanics deterministic, all while being hounded by the forces of McCarthyism; Hugh Everett, who argued that everything, big and small, must be governed by the same rules; and John Bell, who went to great lengths to eradicate the power of the god-like observer from the core of quantum physics. And they paid dearly, their reputations, careers, and sometimes lives ruined completely. But history has been kinder to them than their contemporaries were. As Becker shows, the brave intellectual giants have inspired a growing army of physicists and philosophers intent both on making a philosophically more satisfying theory of the universe and a more useful one as well. A gripping story of some of humanity's greatest ideas and the high cost with which many have pursued them, What is Real? is intellectual history at its passionate best"--
Citation: Becker, Adam. "What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics." New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Search Results Showing Item 6 of 2669

Additional Resources