The Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition, and Science

The Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition, and Science

Sheilla Jones


Theoretical physics is in difficulty. a minimum of that is the effect you'll get from interpreting a spate of contemporary books at the endured failure to unravel the 80-year-old challenge of unifying the classical and quantum worlds. The seeds of this challenge have been sewn 80 years in the past whilst a dramatic revolution in physics reached a climax on the 1927 Solvay convention in Brussels. it is the tale of a hurry to formalize quantum physics, the paintings of only a handful of guys fired via ambition, philosophical conflicts and private agendas.
Sheilla Jones paints an intimate portrait of the most important figures who wrestled with the mysteries of the hot technological know-how of the quantum, besides a strong helping solid of well-known (and now not so recognized) colleagues. The Brussels convention was once the 1st time such a lot of of the "quantum ten" were within the similar position: Albert Einstein, the lone wolf; Niels Bohr, the obsessive yet gentlemanly father determine; Max Born, the apprehensive hypochondriac; Werner Heisenberg, the intensely formidable one; Wolfgang Pauli, the sharp-tongued critic with a dismal aspect; Paul Dirac, the silent Englishman; Erwin Schrödinger, the enthusiastic womanizer; Prince Louis de Broglie, the French aristocrat; and Paul Ehrenfest, who was once witness to all of it. Pascual Jordan, the ardent Aryan nationalist, got here uninvited.
this is often the tale of quantum physics that hasn't ever been advised, an equation-free research into the turbulent improvement of the hot technological know-how and its very fallible creators, together with little-known info of the private courting among the deeply stricken Ehrenfest and his pricey buddy Albert Einstein. Jones weaves jointly the private and the medical in a heartwarming--and heartbreaking--story of the boys who struggled to create quantum physics: a narrative of ardour, tragedy, ambition and science.

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