Matthew L. Loftus
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Einstein and the Quantum
- The Quest of the Valiant Swabian
- By: A. Douglas Stone
- Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan
- Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
Einstein and the Quantum reveals for the first time the full significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of light - the core of what we now know as quantum theory - than he did about relativity.
educational and fun
- By Amjad on 12-04-13
A must for aspiring physicists/physics enthusiasts
This book was recommended to me by prolific physicist Alain Aspect at a talk he did at my University. He said that if I didn't end up liking the book, that he would pay me back for it. He makes this offer to lots of physicists and physics students, because he knows that they won't be disappointed. Now, on to the book itself.
Most physics lovers are familiar with Einstein's early contributions to what would ultimately blossom into modern quantum theory, such as his Nobel prize-winning work on the photoelectric effect. however, due in large part to his Monumental achievements with relativity Theory, and his philosophical objections to the emerging quantum theory, many are never made aware of the true extent of his involvement with (as well as his influence upon) the emerging theory of quantum mechanics. This book tells that story.
One of my personal favorite aspects of the book was the section in which the author gives what is perhaps the clearest and easiest-to-understand description of Bose-Einstein statistics I've ever heard. *That's essentially the application of Boltzmann's statistical mechanics/thermodynamics to quantum ideal gases, and would ultimately turn out to describe the aggregate behavior of the category of particles now known as bosons: particles with integer intrinsic spin angular momentum quantum numbers (i.e. photons, mesons, W & Z bosons etc), in contrast to fermions (spin 1/2 particles, such as quarks, leptons and baryons).
Anyway, I enjoyed the book.
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