By George Gamow
"Dr. Gamow, physicist and proficient author, has sketched an fascinating portrait of the scientists and clashing principles that made the quantum revolution." — Christian technology Monitor
In 1900, German physicist Max Planck postulated that gentle, or radiant power, can exist in basic terms within the type of discrete applications or quanta. This profound perception, besides Einstein's both momentous theories of relativity, thoroughly revolutionized man's view of subject, strength, and the character of physics itself.
In this lucid layman's creation to quantum concept, an eminent physicist and famous popularizer of technology strains the advance of quantum idea from the flip of the century to approximately 1930 — from Planck's seminal notion (still constructing) to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi's nuclear examine. Gamow used to be not only a spectator on the theoretical breakthroughs which essentially altered our view of the universe, he used to be an lively player who made very important contributions of his personal. This "insider's" vantage aspect lends specific validity to his cautious, obtainable causes of Heisenberg's Uncertainty precept, Niels Bohr's version of the atom, the pilot waves of Louis de Broglie and different path-breaking ideas.
In addition, Gamow recounts a wealth of unveiling own anecdotes which offer a hot human size to many giants of 20th-century physics. He ends the e-book with the Blegdamsvej Faust, a pleasant play written in 1932 through Niels Bohr's scholars and associates to satirize the epochal advancements that have been revolutionizing physics. This celebrated play is offered purely during this volume.
Written in a transparent, energetic type, and superior by means of 12 photos (including candid pictures of Rutherford, Bohr, Pauli, Heisenberg, Fermi, and others), Thirty Years that Shook Physics deals either scientists and laymen a hugely readable advent to the bright conceptions that helped release many secrets and techniques of strength and subject and laid the foundation for destiny discoveries.