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Quantum Legacies: Dispatches from an Uncertain World (2020)


The ideas at the root of quantum theory remain stubbornly, famously bizarre: a solid world reduced to puffs of probability; particles that tunnel through walls; cats suspended in zombielike states, neither alive nor dead; and twinned particles that share entangled fates. For more than a century, physicists have grappled with these conceptual uncertainties while enmeshed in the larger uncertainties of the social and political worlds around them, a time pocked by the rise of fascism, cataclysmic world wars, and a new nuclear age. In Quantum Legacies, David Kaiser introduces readers to iconic episodes in physicists’ still-unfolding quest to understand space, time, and matter at their most fundamental. In a series of vibrant essays, Kaiser takes us inside moments of discovery and debate among the great minds of the era—Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Stephen Hawking, and many more who have indelibly shaped our understanding of nature—as they have tried to make sense of a messy world. Ranging across space and time, the episodes span the heady 1920s, the dark days of the 1930s, the turbulence of the Cold War, and the peculiar political realities that followed. In those eras as in our own, researchers’ ambition has often been to transcend the vagaries of here and now, to contribute lasting insights into how the world works that might reach beyond a given researcher’s limited view. In Quantum Legacies, Kaiser unveils the difficult and unsteady work required to forge some shared understanding between individuals and across generations, and in doing so, he illuminates the deep ties between scientific exploration and the human condition.

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Authors & Contributors
Hanle, Paul A.
Schrödinger, Erwin
Mehra, Jagdish
Rosa, Rodolfo
La Teana, Francesco
De Maria, Michaelangelo
Foundations of Physics
American Journal of Physics
Foundations of Science
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society
Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Ox Bow Press
Kluwer Academic
Yale University Press
Drew University
Carocci Editore
Quantum mechanics
Science and art
Schrödinger, Erwin
Einstein, Albert
Broglie, Louis Victor Pierre Raymond de
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Landé, Alfred
Planck, Max
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
Paris (France)

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