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Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution

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ISBN-13:
9781118331880
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
336
Autor:
John Gribbin
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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A lively, fascinating biography of the father of quantum mechanics by the bestselling author of the science classic, In Search of Schrödinger's CatErwin Schrödinger, best known for his famous “Schrödinger's Cat” paradox, is one of the most famous physicists of the early twentieth century and a member of a new generation of quantum physicists, including Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, and Niels Bohr. Yet Schrödinger's scientific discoveries only scratch the surface of what makes him so fascinating. More rumpled than Einstein, a devotee of eastern religion and philosophy, and infamous for his alternative lifestyle, his major contribution to physics—and the work for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1933—was to some extent a disappointment to him. Regardless, Schrödinger's masterpiece became an important part of the new physics of his time. This book tells the story of Schrödinger's surprisingly colorful life during one of the most fertile and creative moments in the history of science.The first accessible, in-depth biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Erwin SchrödingerTakes you into the heart of the quantum revolution and explains the captivating world of quantum mechanics, which underpins all of modern scienceWritten by bestselling author John Gribbin, one of today's greatest popular science writers whose other books include In Search of Schrödinger's Cat , In Search of the Multiverse, and Alone in the Universe
Preface xiAcknowledgements xiiIntroduction: It's Not Rocket Science 11 Nineteenth-Century Boy 7AntecedentsEarly yearsAn empire's last hurrahScientific stirringsFrom schoolboy to undergraduate2 Physics before Schrodinger 22Newton and the world of particlesMaxwell and the world of wavesBoltzmann and the world of statistics3 Twentieth-Century Man 44Student lifeLife beyond the labWar service on the Italian frontBack to ViennaThe aftermathThe peripatetic professor4 The First Quantum Revolution 67When black bodies are brightEnter the quantumThe quantum becomes realInside the atomTripping the light fantasticEinstein again5 Solid Swiss Respectability 91The university and the ETHPersonal problems and scientific progressPhysics and philosophyLife and loveMy world viewQuantum statistics6 Matrix Mechanics 112Half-truthsWhat you see is what you getMatrices don?t commuteJustice isn't always done7 Schrodinger and the Second Quantum Revolution 124Science and sensualityRiding the waveA quantum of uncertaintyThe Copenhagen consensus8 The Big Time in Berlin 148Making waves in AmericaBerlin and BrusselsThe golden yearsBack to the futurePeople and politics9 The Coming of the Quantum Cat 172Back in the USAOxford and beyondFaster than lightThe cat in the boxFrom Oxford with love10 There, and Back Again 187Whistling in the darkReality bitesThe unhappy returnBelgian interlude11 The happiest years of my life? 201DevSettling inEarly days at the DIASFamilyLife in DublinThe post-war yearsMany worlds12 What is Life? 224Life itselfQuantum chemistryThe green pamphletSchrodinger's variation on the themeThe double helix13 Back to Vienna 243Farewell to DublinHome is the heroDeclining yearsThe triumph of entropy14 Schrodinger's Scientific Legacy 259Hidden reality and a mathematician's mistakeThe Bell test and the Aspect experimentQuantum cryptography and the no cloning theoremQuantum teleportation and classical informationThe quantum computer and the MultiverseQuantum physics and realityPostscript: Quantum Generations 285Notes 291Sources and Further Reading 297Picture Acknowledgements 305Index 307
A lively, fascinating biography of the father of quantum mechanics by the bestselling author of the science classic, In Search of Schrödinger's Cat

Erwin Schrödinger, best known for his famous “Schrödinger's Cat” paradox, is one of the most famous physicists of the early twentieth century and a member of a new generation of quantum physicists, including Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, and Niels Bohr. Yet Schrödinger's scientific discoveries only scratch the surface of what makes him so fascinating. More rumpled than Einstein, a devotee of eastern religion and philosophy, and infamous for his alternative lifestyle, his major contribution to physics—and the work for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1933—was to some extent a disappointment to him. Regardless, Schrödinger's masterpiece became an important part of the new physics of his time. This book tells the story of Schrödinger's surprisingly colorful life during one of the most fertile and creative moments in the history of science.

  • The first accessible, in-depth biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger
  • Takes you into the heart of the quantum revolution and explains the captivating world of quantum mechanics, which underpins all of modern science
  • Written by bestselling author John Gribbin, one of today's greatest popular science writers whose other books include In Search of Schrödinger's Cat , In Search of the Multiverse, and Alone in the Universe

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