Einstein and the quantum : the quest of the valiant Swabian / A. Douglas Stone.
By: Stone, A. Douglas.
Material type: TextPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013Description: x, 332 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780691139685 (hardback).Subject(s): Einstein, Albert  Physicists  Biography  Quantum theory  Science  History  SCIENCE / Physics  SCIENCE / Quantum Theory  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & TechnologyDDC classification: 530.12Item type  Current location  Call number  Status  Date due  Barcode  Item holds  

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295324) and index.
Introduction: A hundred times more than relativity theory 
1. "An act of desperation" 
2. The impudent Swabian 
3. The gypsy life 
4. Two pillars of wisdom 
5. The perfect instruments of the creator 
6. More heat than light 
7. Difficult counting 
8. Those fabulous molecules 
9. Tripping the light heuristic 
10. Entertaining the contradiction 
11. Stalking the Planck 
12. Calamity Jeans 
13. Frozen vibrations 
14. Planck's Nobel nightmare 
15. Joining the union 
16. Creative fusion 
17. The importance of being Nernst 
18. Lamenting the ruins 
19. A cosmic interlude 
20. Bohr's atomic sonata 
21. Relying on chance 
22.Chaotic ghosts 
23. Fifteen million minutes of fame 
24. The Indian comet 
25. Quantum dice 
26. The royal marriage : E=mc²=hv 
27. The Viennese polymath 
28. Confusion and then uncertainty 
29. Nicht diese Töne 
Appendix 1. The physicists 
Appendix 2. The three thermal radiation laws
Note
References
Index.
"Einstein and the Quantum reveals for the first time the full significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of lightthe core of what we now know as quantum theorythan he did about relativity. A compelling blend of physics, biography, and the history of science, Einstein and the Quantum shares the untold story of how Einsteinnot Max Planck or Niels Bohrwas the driving force behind early quantum theory. It paints a vivid portrait of the iconic physicist as he grappled with the apparently contradictory nature of the atomic world, in which its invisible constituents defy the categories of classical physics, behaving simultaneously as both particle and wave. And it demonstrates how Einstein's later work on the emission and absorption of light, and on atomic gases, led directly to Erwin Schrödinger's breakthrough to the modern form of quantum mechanics. The book sheds light on why Einstein ultimately renounced his own brilliant work on quantum theory, due to his deep belief in science as something objective and eternal.A book unlike any other, Einstein and the Quantum offers a completely new perspective on the scientific achievements of the greatest intellect of the twentieth century, showing how Einstein's contributions to the development of quantum theory are more significant, perhaps, than even his legendary work on relativity"
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