Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution

In this riveting biography John Gribbin takes us into the heart of the quantum revolution. He tells the story of Schrödinger's surprisingly colourful life (he arrived for a position at Oxford University with both his wife and mistress).

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446465713

Category: Science

Page: 400

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Erwin Schrödinger was an Austrian physicist famous for his contribution to quantum physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1933 and is best known for his thought experiment of a cat in a box, both alive and dead at the same time, which revealed the seemingly paradoxical nature of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger was working at one of the most fertile and creative moments in the whole history of science. By the time he started university in 1906, Einstein had already published his revolutionary papers on relativity. Now the baton of scientific progress was being passed to a new generation: Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Niels Bohr, and of course, Schrödinger himself. In this riveting biography John Gribbin takes us into the heart of the quantum revolution. He tells the story of Schrödinger's surprisingly colourful life (he arrived for a position at Oxford University with both his wife and mistress). And with his trademark accessible style and popular touch, he explains the fascinating world of quantum mechanics, which underpins all of modern science.

In Search Of Schrodinger s Cat

Without it, we'd have no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction.

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144642376X

Category: Science

Page: 400

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Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an even more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, super conductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's Cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.

The Quantum Revolution

Provides a history of one of the most powerful and successful science theories -- quantum mechanics.

Author: Kent A. Peacock

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313334481

Category: Science

Page: 220

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Provides a history of one of the most powerful and successful science theories -- quantum mechanics.

Quantum revolution

ERWIN SCHROEDINGER Erwin Schroedinger was born in Vienna in 1887 . He
was the only child of his parents . His father owned an oil - cloth factory but he
was more interested in botany , chemistry and painting . Young Erwin ' s early ...

Author: G... Venkataraman

Publisher: Universities Press

ISBN: 9788173710025

Category: Physics

Page: 189

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Physics and Philosophy

Author: Werner Heisenberg

Publisher: Pyr Books

ISBN: 9781573926942

Category: Science

Page: 213

View: 327

Nobel Prize-winning German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) is known for the development of quantum mechanics & the principle of indeterminacy. In Physics & Philosophy he explains how modern advances in science alter, & often destroy, traditional ways only when the philosophical assumptions underlying new scientific theories are accepted by the society. He shows how physical & philosophical assumptions embedded in scientific method allow for modifications when new evidence emerges. Scientific advances alone do not change a culture when stripped of the new knowledge that accompanies the new science.

Sympathetic Vibrations

During the beginnings of the quantum revolution in the early twentieth century ,
physicist Erwin Schrodinger said he was “ discouraged , if not repelled ” by the “
transcendental algebra ” of fellow physicist Werner Heisenberg — mainly
because ...

Author: K. C. Cole

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 352

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An introduction to physics examines the theoretical principles developed by Galileo, Bohr, Newton, and other great physicists and explains how the laws of physics pervade all facets of everyday human life

Quantum Fuzz

Lucidly written, this book conveys the excitement of discovery while expanding the reader's appreciation for a science that explores the basis of everything we know.

Author: Michael S. Walker

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633882403

Category: Science

Page: 448

View: 393

Quantum physics has turned our commonsense notion of reality on its head. This accessible book describes in layperson's terms the strange phenomena that exist at the quantum level--a world of tiny dimensions where nothing is absolutely predictable, where we rethink causality, and information seemingly travels faster than light. The author, a veteran physicist, uses illuminating analogies and jargon-free language to illustrate the basic principles of the subatomic world and show how they explain everything from the chemistry around us to the formation of galaxies. He also explains how scientists and engineers interact with this nebulous reality and, despite its mysteries, achieve results of great precision. Up front is a brief history of the early 20th-century "quantum revolution," focusing on some of the brilliant individuals whose contributions changed our view of the world--Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Paul Dirac, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schroedinger, and others. The work concludes with a discussion of the many amazing inventions that have resulted from quantum theory, including lasers, semiconductors, and the myriad of electronic devices that use them. Lucidly written, this book conveys the excitement of discovery while expanding the reader's appreciation for a science that explores the basis of everything we know.

The Aims of Argument

The Quantum Revolution Since time immemorial, people have speculated what
the world was made of. ... The quantum theory, created by Erwin Schrodinger,
Werner Heisen- berg, and many others, reduced the mystery of matter to a few ...

Author: Timothy W. Crusius

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: 9780767411318

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 783

View: 203


13 8

Popular science master John Gribbin tackles the very biggest question modern science has to answer.

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781785781087

Category:

Page: 304

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The 20th century gave us two great theories of physics: the general theory of relativity, which describes the behaviour of things on a very large scale, including the entire Universe; and quantum theory, which describes the behaviour of things on a very small scale, the sub-atomic world. The refusal of the Universe to reveal an equation that combines these two great ideas has caused some people to doubt our whole understanding of physics.In this landmark new book, popular science master John Gribbin tells the dramatic story of the quest that has led us to discover the true age of the Universe (13.8 billion years) and the stars (just a little bit younger). This discovery, Gribbin argues, is one of humankind's greatest achievements and shows us that physics is on the right track to finding the 'Theory of Everything'.13.8 provides an eye-opening look at this cutting-edge area of modern cosmology and physics, and tells the compelling story of what modern science has achieved - and what it can still achieve.

Computing with Quantum Cats

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0552779318

Category: Computers

Page: 295

View: 509

Pioneering study of the science behind quantum computing and what the new quantum reality will mean for mankind. The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers -- which, like Schrodinger's famous 'dead and alive' cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons or atoms existing in two states at the same time -- is set to turn the computing world on its head. In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where 'everything is real'. Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications -- from machines which learn through 'intuition' and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible."

Quantum Legacy

Looks at the scientific breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics, discussing the scientists who made important discoveries, its philosophial implications, and the practical applications of quantum theory.

Author: Barry R. Parker

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 282

View: 826

Looks at the scientific breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics, discussing the scientists who made important discoveries, its philosophial implications, and the practical applications of quantum theory.

The Science Teacher

After the Copernican Revolution , it became increasingly difficult for a reputable
astronomer to hold such an Earth - centered or geocentric position . ... Bohr ,
Erwin Schroedinger , and others revolutionized physics in the first half of this
century by introducing quantum mechanics ... But today , in the natural history ,
and we haven't taught aftermath of the Quantum Revolution , natural history for
100 years . it ...

Author:

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Category: Science

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The Historical Development of Quantum Theory

"The Historical Development of Quantum Theory" is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning.

Author: Jagdish Mehra

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387951805

Category: Science

Page: 614

View: 258

"The Historical Development of Quantum Theory" is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning.

CERN Courier

Bohr , Rutherford , Dirac , Schrödinger , Heisenberg and Einstein himself were all
major players in the great quantum revolution , which took place in the early
years of the 20th century . Richard ... Paul Dirac 8. Erwin Schroedinger 10.

Author: European Organization for Nuclear Research

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Nuclear energy

Page:

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Part 1 Schr dinger in Vienna and Zurich 1887 1925

This multivolume work presents a rich account of an intellectual triumph: a unique analysis of the creative scientific process.

Author: Jagdish Mehra

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780387962849

Category: Science

Page: 366

View: 298

Quantum Theory, together with the principles of special and general relativity, constitute a scientific revolution that has profoundly influenced the way in which we think about the universe and the fundamental forces that govern it. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning. Drawing upon such materials as the resources of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics, the Niels Bohr Archives, and the archives and scientific correspondence of the principal quantum physicists, as well as Jagdish Mehra's personal discussions over many years with most of the architects of quantum theory, the authors have written a rigorous scientific history of quantum theory in a deeply human context. This multivolume work presents a rich account of an intellectual triumph: a unique analysis of the creative scientific process. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is science, history, and biography, all wrapped in the story of a great human enterprise. Its lessons will be an aid to those working in the sciences and humanities alike.

Medea the Sorceress

Author: Diane Wakoski

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: American poetry

Page: 198

View: 573


The New Encyclopaedia Britannica

This idea required a conceptual revolution of mechanics, which led to the wave
and quantum mechanics of Erwin Schrodinger, Werner Heisenberg, and Max
Born. De Broglie's idea of the wavelike behaviour of particles was quickly verified
 ...

Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page:

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Isis Cumulative Bibliography

Author: Magda Whitrow

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780881351347

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Pascal s Fire

THE QUANTUM REVOLUTION It is possible to interpret the Newtonian and
Darwinian revolutions in a materialistic way ... Werner Heisenberg devised the
first quantum theory in 1925 , and Erwin Schrodinger and Paul Dirac developed ...

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Oneworld Publications Limited

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 270

View: 391

"Keith Ward's Pascal's Fire is guaranteed to reignite the timeless dispute of whether scientific advancement threatens religious belief. Turning the conventional debate on its head, Ward suggests that the existence of God is actually the best starting point for a number of the most famous scientific positions."--BOOK JACKET.

The Untold Story of the Computer Revolution

The answers began to come from theoretical physics , primarily the new quantum
physics of Erwin Schrodinger in 1926 and Werner Heisenberg in 1927. There is
no rational scientific theory behind quantum mechanics ; it's primarily empirical ...

Author: George Harry Stine

Publisher: Arbor House Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Computers

Page: 219

View: 227

Gives a brief history of the development of the computer and profiles the scientists and entrepreneurs--failed and successful--who contributed to this unfinished revolution