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The Resource What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics, Adam Becker

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

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What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics
Title
What is real?
Title remainder
the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics
Statement of responsibility
Adam Becker
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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"
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DKDLA
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1984-
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Becker, Adam
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Quantum theory
  • Quantum theory
  • History
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What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics, Adam Becker
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The impossible done. -- Part I: A tranquilizing philosophy. The measure of all things. -- Something rotten in the eigenstate of Denmark. -- Street brawl. -- Copenhagen in Manhattan. -- Part II: Quantum dissidents: Physics in exile. -- It came from another world! -- The most profound discovery of science. -- More things in heaven and earth. -- Part III: The great enterprise. Reality underground. -- Quantum spring. -- Copenhagen versus the universe. -- Outrageous fortune. -- Appendix: Four views of the strangest experiment
Control code
on1037017258
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 370 p.
Isbn
9781473678583
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2017043844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1037017258
Label
What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics, Adam Becker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The impossible done. -- Part I: A tranquilizing philosophy. The measure of all things. -- Something rotten in the eigenstate of Denmark. -- Street brawl. -- Copenhagen in Manhattan. -- Part II: Quantum dissidents: Physics in exile. -- It came from another world! -- The most profound discovery of science. -- More things in heaven and earth. -- Part III: The great enterprise. Reality underground. -- Quantum spring. -- Copenhagen versus the universe. -- Outrageous fortune. -- Appendix: Four views of the strangest experiment
Control code
on1037017258
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 370 p.
Isbn
9781473678583
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2017043844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1037017258

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