• von Manjit Kumar
  • Sprecher: Ray Porter
  • 14 Std. 21 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves.
In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution, focusing on the central conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. This revelatory book takes a close look at the golden age of physics, the brilliant young minds at its core, and how an idea ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the 20th century.
Manjit Kumar was the founding editor of Prometheus, an arts-and-sciences journal. He has written and reviewed for various publications, including the Guardian, and is a consulting science editor at Wired UK. He lives in London.



“Lively…A wide-ranging account, written for readers who are curious about the theory but want to sidestep its mathematical complexities….Fascinating.” ( The New York Times Book Review)
“With vigor and elegance, Kumar…recounts this meaty, dense, exciting story, filled with vivid characters and sharp insights. With physics undergoing another revolution today, Kumar reminds us of a time when science turned the universe upside down.” ( Publishers Weekly)


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Sehr erkenntnisreich!

Sehr zu empfehlen. Gute physikalische Grundkenntnisse sind allerdings hilfreich. Als Einstieg mglw. zu komplex. Das Englisch ist gut verständlich.
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- Jens Bongartz

On the big jumps that turn to be just small steps

Fascinating journey through a fascinating time of breathtaking discoveries and theories, that still shape our time. The quality of the book lies no in the origin of the quantum theories, but in the story of the human being that shaped the theory by diffraction or collision of their own egos on their collegues: who influenced whom has still a certain degree of uncertainty. For those who liked the book, the book "Turing's cathedral : the origins of a digital universe" is the sequel to this book with partially to same actors and a new cast turning (or turing?) the theory into its harsh eigenvalue: the atom bomb.

The only regret in the book are the explanation about the aspects of the quantum theory: both for the physics geek or the interested reader too little: either to fascinate or to understand, but a "thank you very much" to the author for bringing me back in the hours listening to the book to my student years and the Solvay room at the Brussels university.

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- Marc Dierckx

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 23.07.2010
  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio, Inc.