AUTHORLindley, David
TITLEUncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
PUBLISHERDoubleday
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2007
ISBN978-0-385-51506-1


This book chronicles the intersecting lives of the many scientists whose work contributed to and emanated from physicist Werner Heisenberg’s discovery of the uncertainty principle. Author David Lindley, a theoretical astrophysicist, argues that Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle is not only the culmination of quantum mechanics, but it also represents a pivotal moment in Heisenberg’s relationships with many of his colleagues. In particular, the book scrutinizes the professional interactions between the scientists, giving special interest to the deteriorating relationship between Heisenberg and Bohr. Beginning with a discussion of Robert Brown and Brownian motion, the book tracks the development of atomic theory, incorporating, among others, the work of Marie Curie, Wilhelm Röntgen, Henri Becquerel, Ernest Rutherford, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Pauli, Arnold Sommerfeld, and Niels Bohr. In the last chapters of the book, Lindley highlights the relevance of the uncertainty principle outside of scientific contexts, considering its broader philosophical implications. The book contains endnotes and a short bibliography.


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