Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian (Revised)

By a Douglas Stone

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 Schrodinger'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.


""Einstein and the Quantum" is delightful to read, with numerous historical details that were new to me and cham1ing vignettes of Einstein and his colleagues. By avoiding mathematics, Stone makes his book accessible to general readers, but even physicists who are well versed in Einstein and his physics are likely to find new insights into the most remarkable mind of the modern era."--Daniel Kleppner, "Physics Today"
Winner of the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, Phi Beta Kappa Society One of "Physics World"'s Top Ten Books of the Year for 2014 One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014 One of "Scientific American"'s Best 2013 Books for the Physics Fan, chosen by Jennifer Ouellette One of "Science Friday"'s Science Book Picks for 2013, chosen by Ira Flatow One of nbc.com's "Holiday Gift Books Span the Science Spectrum" for 2014



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Publisher Princeton University Press
Publish date 10/13/2015
Pages 344
ISBN-13 9780691168562
ISBN-10 0691168563
Language English

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