Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics

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PRAISE FOR EINSTEIN'S DICE AND SCHRODINGER'S CAT: "Physicist Paul Halpern tells the entangled tale of Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger, and their search for a Grand Unified Theory with humour and concision." --Nature "A highly approachable book that will appeal to readers...who are interested in physics, the history of science, and the human and political aspects of scientists and their work." --Library Journal "With verve, Halpern explores the fragile nature of scientific collaboration... Halpern ably explores the clashing personalities and worldviews that had physics in churning ferment during the early part of the 20th century." --Kirkus Reviews "With his trademark grace and clarity, Paul Halpern shines new light on the personalities, lives, and achievements of two of the twentieth century's greatest theoretical physicists, at the same time illuminating the fascinating interactions between the two. Halpern has a rare talent for bringing both the physics and the human stories to life." --Kenneth W. Ford, former Director of the American Institute of Physics and author of The Quantum World "We have seen books that celebrate Einstein and Schrodinger as two of the greatest scientists of all time. With clarity and diligence, Halpern does something different: he explores how intellectual curiosity and vanity get enmeshed with power struggles and the media to bring out the worst in good-willing people, especially when the stakes are as high as the creation of a God-like 'theory of everything.'" --Marcelo Gleiser, author of The Island of Knowledge "Paul Halpern has written a fascinating account of two of the giants of 20th century physics. Both Nobel Prize winners, Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger, friends and at times fractious competitors, struggled to come to terms with the uncertainty and randomness expressed by quantum mechanics. In Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat, the author gives great insight into the philosophies and personal ambition that brought the two brilliant men together and then sadly drove them apart. As a fan of popular science books and someone who has used phrases such as 'God does not play dice'and 'Schrodinger's Cat' in my songs, I found Paul Halpern's book illuminating and entertaining." --Roland Orzabal, co-founding member of Tears for Fears "Writing with verve and insight, Paul Halpern tells a striking cautionary tale about friendship, vanity, and the quest to make a great discovery. He gives an exceptionally lucid and engaging account of modern physics, embedded in a rich human tapestry centered on Einstein, Schrodinger, and their friends." --Peter Pesic, author of Music and the Making of Modern Science and Director of the Science Institute at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM "This is history of science writing at its best--effortless prose, juicy details and a fascinating narrative that casts familiar territory in a whole new light. The friendship and betrayal between Einstein and Schrodinger is a little known story, and Halpern brings it to life with a historian's care, a physicist's knowledge, and a writer's charm. The book provides a poignant look at how philosophy drives scientific progress and is an important critique of how the media shapes and distorts it." --Amanda Gefter, author of Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn "Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating, well-written account of how these two men struggled with one of the most puzzling features of quantum mechanics: the appearance of randomness in nature. Both general and specialist readers will find it of interest." --David C. Cassidy, Professor of Chemistry at Hofstra University and author of Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR EINSTEIN'S DICE AND SCHRODINGER'S CAT: "A highly approachable book that will appeal to readers...who are interested in physics, the history of science, and the human and political aspects of scientists and their work." --Library Journal "With verve, Halpern explores the fragile nature of scientific collaboration... Halpern ably explores the clashing personalities and worldviews that had physics in churning ferment during the early part of the 20th century." --Kirkus Reviews "With his trademark grace and clarity, Paul Halpern shines new light on the personalities, lives, and achievements of two of the twentieth century's greatest theoretical physicists, at the same time illuminating the fascinating interactions between the two. Halpern has a rare talent for bringing both the physics and the human stories to life." --Kenneth W. Ford, former Director of the American Institute of Physics and author of The Quantum World "We have seen books that celebrate Einstein and Schrodinger as two of the greatest scientists of all time. With clarity and diligence, Halpern does something different: he explores how intellectual curiosity and vanity get enmeshed with power struggles and the media to bring out the worst in good-willing people, especially when the stakes are as high as the creation of a God-like 'theory of everything.'" --Marcelo Gleiser, author of The Island of Knowledge "Paul Halpern has written a fascinating account of two of the giants of 20th century physics. Both Nobel Prize winners, Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger, friends and at times fractious competitors, struggled to come to terms with the uncertainty and randomness expressed by quantum mechanics. In Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat, the author gives great insight into the philosophies and personal ambition that brought the two brilliant men together and then sadly drove them apart. As a fan of popular science books and someone who has used phrases such as 'God does not play dice'and 'Schrodinger's Cat' in my songs, I found Paul Halpern's book illuminating and entertaining." --Roland Orzabal, co-founding member of Tears for Fears "Writing with verve and insight, Paul Halpern tells a striking cautionary tale about friendship, vanity, and the quest to make a great discovery. He gives an exceptionally lucid and engaging account of modern physics, embedded in a rich human tapestry centered on Einstein, Schrodinger, and their friends." --Peter Pesic, author of Music and the Making of Modern Science and Director of the Science Institute at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM "This is history of science writing at its best--effortless prose, juicy details and a fascinating narrative that casts familiar territory in a whole new light. The friendship and betrayal between Einstein and Schrodinger is a little known story, and Halpern brings it to life with a historian's care, a physicist's knowledge, and a writer's charm. The book provides a poignant look at how philosophy drives scientific progress and is an important critique of how the media shapes and distorts it." --Amanda Gefter, author of Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn "Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating, well-written account of how these two men struggled with one of the most puzzling features of quantum mechanics: the appearance of randomness in nature. Both general and specialist readers will find it of interest." --David C. Cassidy, Professor of Chemistry at Hofstra University and author of Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb

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