What Is Real?
The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
Paperback ISBN: 1541698975
"A thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science." --New York Times Book Review Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's solipsistic and poorly reasoned Copenhagen interpretation. Indeed, questioning it has long meant professional ruin, yet some daring physicists, such as John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett, persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth. "An excellent, accessible account." --Wall Street Journal "Splendid. . . . Deeply detailed research, accompanied by charming anecdotes about the scientists." --Washington Post
Paperback ISBN: 1848310579
It is more than a century since Einstein's theories of Special and General Relativity began to revolutionise our view of the universe. Beginning near the speed of light and proceeding to explorations of space-time and curved spaces, this work takes readers through the thought experiments that have given shape to contemporary physics.
Einstein and Religion
Physics and Theology
Hardcover ISBN: 0691006997
Focusing on Einstein's religious and spiritual beliefs, a new study of the physicist's "irrationalism" begins with his early religious formation and carefully following the evolution of his belief in an impersonal God reminiscent of Spinoza's.
The Origin of the Universe
Paperback ISBN: 0007162219
Shares the stories of Big Bang theorists who fought against establishment beliefs about an eternal and unchanging universe to investigate the universe's origins, and then continues with a comprehensive and anecdotal explanation of the Big Bang Theory. By the author of Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity
Emergence (1905) and Early Interpretation (1905-1911)
Paperback ISBN: 0387948708
An analysis of one of the three great papers Einstein published in 1905, each of which was to alter forever the field it dealt with. The second of these papers, "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", established what Einstein sometimes referred to as the "so-called Theory of Relativity". Miller uses the paper to provide a window on the intense intellectual struggles of physicists in the first decade of the 20th century: the interplay between physical theory and empirical data; the fiercely held notions that could not be articulated clearly or verified experimentally; the great intellectual investment in existing theories, data, and interpretations - and associated intellectual inertia - and the drive to the long-sought-for unification of the sciences. Since its original publication, this book has become a standard reference and sourcebook for the history and philosophy of science; however, it can equally well serve as a text on twentieth-century philosophy.