Beyond Uncertainty

Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
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In 1992, David C. Cassidy’s groundbreaking biography of Werner Heisenberg, Uncertainty, was published to resounding acclaim from scholars and critics. Michael Frayn, in the playbill of the Broadway production of Copenhagen, referred to it as one of his main sources and "the standard work in English". Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atom Bomb) called it "the definitive biography of a great and tragic physicist", and the Los Angeles Times praised it as an "important book. Cassidy has sifted the record and brilliantly detailed Heisenberg’s actions."

No book that has appeared since has rivaled Uncertainty, now out of print, for its depth and rich detail of the life, times, and science of this brilliant and controversial figure of 20th-century physics.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, long-suppressed information has emerged on Heisenberg’s role in the Nazi atomic bomb project. In Beyond Uncertainty, Cassidy interprets this and other previously unknown material within the context of his vast research and tackles the vexing questions of a scientist’s personal responsibility and guilt when serving an abhorrent military regime.

©2009 David C. Cassidy (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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What a patriotic genius

This has been an amazing biography. It is a good idea that the author decided to publish this updated version of rhe original biography. The degree of details and the way the author introduces the background made the book more engaging and entertaining.

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Well done!

Perfect balance of biography and science writing. Non science-oriented people might find the physics tedious. Very clear narrative and clean prose.

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Wow - this book is extra painful to listen to

In a great effort to write (and possibly invent) explanations for the pitiful life choices Heisenberg made, the author successfully makes him look like a whiney moron that liked young men more than his wife and family.

Hey maybe the author nailed it all. But I can't help but think the author made some bad decisions when writing this book.
I walk away feeling like this is some sort of precautionary tale for math students.

The narration is extremely good.