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The Strange Story of the Quantum. An Account for the General Reader of the Growth of the Ideas Underlying Our Present Atomic Knowledge By Banesh Hoffmann,

  • Title: The Strange Story of the Quantum. An Account for the General Reader of the Growth of the Ideas Underlying Our Present Atomic Knowledge
  • Author: Banesh Hoffmann
  • ISBN: 9780486205182
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • This timeless exploration of the work of the great physicists of the early 20th century employs analogies, examples, and imaginative insights rather than computations to explain the dramatic impact of quantum physics on classical theory Topics include Pauli s exclusion principle, Schroedinger s wave equation, Heisenberg s uncertainty principle, and many other concepts 19This timeless exploration of the work of the great physicists of the early 20th century employs analogies, examples, and imaginative insights rather than computations to explain the dramatic impact of quantum physics on classical theory Topics include Pauli s exclusion principle, Schroedinger s wave equation, Heisenberg s uncertainty principle, and many other concepts 1959 edition.
    The Strange Story of the Quantum An Account for the General Reader of the Growth of the Ideas Underlying Our Present Atomic Knowledge This timeless exploration of the work of the great physicists of the early th century employs analogies examples and imaginative insights rather than computations to explain the dramatic impact of

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    1. The story of the discovery of quantum mechanics has now congealed into a stock narrative that is repeated ad nauseam with few changes in every introductory chemistry or physics textbook Thus it was very refreshing to read this idiosyncratic account from before the stock narrative had quite taken hold Hoffman attempts to do justice to Heisenberg and Dirac s approaches as well as Schr dinger s, something that never seems to be done nowadays in books for a popular audience I think the attempt is al [...]

    2. Page 71 If you have read thus far, there is no dignified way of escape left to you You have paid your fare, and climbed to the highest peak of the roller coaster You have therefore let yourself in for the inevitable consequences It is no use trying to back out You had warning in the preface of what to expect, and if contemplation of the heights there described now makes you giddy and apprehensive, I cannot accept responsibility.

    3. Explained qm better than any of my degree course textbooks After reading it, I was able to make sense of them.

    4. Very good telling of the history of quantum mechanics without that math The author gave some good examples but really could you , or diagrams or pictures of concepts.

    5. Nobody ever told me well, nobody has still ever really tried to tell me what exactly calculus is, and what it s for I ve sort of learned something about it, in tiny pieces, always by accident And now I read this book, and I think, gee, I could totally get into calculus if I had a good teacher now, and if I could always keep the quantum story, as told in this book, in front of me while I did it, to keep me interested Because I ve read so many books now, written in several decades, explaining this [...]

    6. A good introduction Originally published in 1947 with a postscript written in 1959, the book still serves as a useful introduction of the development of quantum theory Progress in optics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and atomic theory in the 19th and early 20th centuries explain how quantum theory arose While the material covered is often dense, Hoffman writes with wit and uses easy to identify metaphors that make it easier for readers to at least superficially understand the concepts he de [...]

    7. Ce livre raconte l histoire de l mergence de la physique quantique au tournant du 20e si cle travers ses h ros Planck, Einstein, Rutherford, Bohr, Heinsenberg le style humoristique d Hoffman all ge un sujet plut t difficile d approche et met en lumi re les incroyables paradoxes et curieux ph nom nes propres au monde quantique Pour ceux qui ont aim les ouvrages de Brian Greene et de Stephen Hawkins, ce livre, malgr son ge, saura vous faire d couvrir tout ce que la physique moderne a de plus fanta [...]

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