• by Manjit Kumar
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

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Biographic facts not explanations.

If think it is fundamental here to say that this book is a biography of quantum physicists, not a lecture series explaining the problematic of quantum physics. As such I think it is rather good, quite detailed and very logically structured. Unfortunately I do not think the nature of the book is clearly understandable from the summary provided on the audible webpage. Thus to the people interested in the physicists and historical events connected to quantum revolution I very much recommend the book. The people who are searching for a deeper understanding of quantum phenomena I can only advise to search for another book.
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- Terezia

Quantum: Good read

The actual hard science is sidestepped but the gist of the theory is there. Non science backgrounds shouldn't worry it has a good flow and you can pick up the major concepts. Quite an interesting story with undertones of philosophy.
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- Jorge Salinas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.