Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat
- How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
- Narrated by: Sean Runnette
- Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-14-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
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As the Second World War raged, both men struggled to produce a theory that would describe in full the universe's ultimate design, first as collaborators, then as competitors. They both ultimately failed in their search for a grand unified theory - not only because quantum mechanics is true but because Einstein and Schrödinger were also missing a key component: of the four forces we recognize today (gravity, electromagnetism, the weak force, and the strong force), only gravity and electromagnetism were known at the time.
Despite their failures, much of modern physics remains focused on the search for a grand unified theory. As Halpern explains, the recent discovery of the Higgs boson makes the standard model - the closest thing we have to a unified theory - nearly complete. And while Einstein and Schrödinger tried and failed to explain everything in the cosmos through pure geometry, the development of string theory has, in its own quantum way, brought this idea back into vogue. As in so many things, even when he was wrong, Einstein couldn't help but be right.
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By Alberto on 05-02-15
Very good physics book.
This was probably the 2nd best book on physics I've listened to. Quantum by Manjit Kumar is still the best. Overall engaging story. Some complicated physics but more about the men, their ideas, and their mistakes.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Hendrick Mcdonald on 10-26-15
1/2 Quantum Theory, 1/2 Fruitless Search for Theory of Everything
Half of the audiobook is devoted to the foundations of quantum theory up through EPR, then the other half is devoted to the two physicists' searches for a unified theory of everything, which goes nowhere, so while it's an interesting history, it's of limited use if trying to gain insight into quantum theory. The first half on quantum theory is well put together though and offers some useful explanations for relativity and the equations of quantum theory without going that much into the math. The relationships of the two physicists with their lovers are also a focus of the book.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful