AUTHORGamow, George
TITLEThirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory
PUBLISHERDover Publications, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1966
ISBN0-486-24895-X


Employing common terms, straightforward descriptions, and an insider's view in describing the research surrounding quantum theory, the author of this book creates accessibility and interest for both laypersons and scientists. George Gamow, a renowned physicist who grew up and worked closely with scientists such as Edward Teller and Niels Bohr, introduces the reader to quantum theory and traces its development from the early 1900s to the 1930s. He discusses German physicist Max Planck’s proposal of “quanta,” his name for the discrete packages that are formed by light or radiant energy, and also explains Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Niels Bohr’s model of the atom, and Louis de Broglie’s pilot waves. At the end of the book, Gamow includes not only a copy of the satirical play The Blegdamsvej Faust written by colleagues and students of Niels Bohr in 1932, but also pertinent photographs of important scientists.


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