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The Resource Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat : how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics, Paul Halpern, PhD

Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat : how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics, Paul Halpern, PhD

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Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat : how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics
Title
Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat
Title remainder
how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics
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Paul Halpern, PhD
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger were friends and comrades-in-arms against what they considered the most preposterous aspects of quantum physics: its indeterminacy. Einstein famously quipped that God does not play dice with the universe, and Schrodinger is equally well known for his thought experiment about the cat in the box who ends up spread out in a probabilistic state, neither wholly alive nor wholly dead. Both of these famous images arose from these two men's dissatisfaction with quantum weirdness and with their assertion that underneath it all, there must be some essentially deterministic world. Even though it was Einstein's own theories that made quantum mechanics possible, both he and Schrodinger could not bear the idea that the universe was, at its most fundamental level, random. As the Second World War raged, both men struggled to produce a theory that would describe in full the universe's ultimate design, first as collaborators, then as competitors. They both ultimately failed in their search for a Grand Unified Theory--not only because quantum mechanics is true, but because Einstein and Schrodinger were also missing a key component: of the four forces we recognize today (gravity, electromagnetism, the weak force, and the strong force), only gravity and electromagnetism were known at the time. Despite their failures, though, much of modern physics remains focused on the search for a Grand Unified Theory. As Halpern explains, the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson makes the Standard Model--the closest thing we have to a unified theory--nearly complete. And while Einstein and Schrodinger tried and failed to explain everything in the cosmos through pure geometry, the development of string theory has, in its own quantum way, brought this idea back into vogue. As in so many things, even when he was wrong, Einstein couldn't help but be right
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1961-
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Halpern, Paul
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530.13/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC174.17.C45
LC item number
H35 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Quantum theory
  • Physics
  • Unified field theories
  • Einstein, Albert
  • Schrödinger, Erwin
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Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat : how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics, Paul Halpern, PhD
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-240) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Allies and adversaries -- The clockwork universe -- The crucible of gravity -- Matter waves and quantum jumps -- The quest for unification -- Spooky connections and zombie cats -- Luck of the Irish -- Physics by public relations -- The last waltz : Einstein's and Schrödinger's final years -- Beyond Einstein and Schrödinger : the ongoing search for unity
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ocn889733751
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 271 pages
Isbn
9780465075713
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014041325
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)889733751
Label
Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat : how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics, Paul Halpern, PhD
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Allies and adversaries -- The clockwork universe -- The crucible of gravity -- Matter waves and quantum jumps -- The quest for unification -- Spooky connections and zombie cats -- Luck of the Irish -- Physics by public relations -- The last waltz : Einstein's and Schrödinger's final years -- Beyond Einstein and Schrödinger : the ongoing search for unity
Control code
ocn889733751
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 271 pages
Isbn
9780465075713
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014041325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)889733751

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