Einstein’s Struggles with Quantum Theory

A Reappraisal

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Author: Dipankar Home,Andrew Whitaker

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387715207

Category: Science

Page: 370

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This book presents an account of all aspects of Einstein’s achievements in quantum theory, his own views, and the progress his work has stimulated since his death. While some chapters use mathematics at an undergraduate physics level, a path is provided for the reader more concerned with ideas than equations, and the book will benefit to anybody interested in Einstein and his approach to the quantum.

Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos

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Author: Robert S. Cohen,P.K. Feyerabend,Marx W. Wartofsky

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401014515

Category: Science

Page: 768

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The death of Imre Lakatos on February 2, 1974 was a personal and philosophical loss to the worldwide circle of his friends, colleagues and students. This volume reflects the range of his interests in mathematics, logic, politics and especially in the history and methodology of the sciences. Indeed, Lakatos was a man in search of rationality in all of its forms. He thought he had found it in the historical development of scientific knowledge, yet he also saw rationality endangered everywhere. To honor Lakatos is to honor his sharp and aggressive criticism as well as his humane warmth and his quick wit. He was a person to love and to struggle with. PAUL K. FEYERABEND ROBERT S. COHEN MARX W. WARTOFSKY TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface VII JOHN WORRALL / Imre Lakatos (1922-1974): Philosopher of Mathematics and Philosopher of Science JOSEPH AGASSI / The Lakatosian Revolution 9 23 D. M. ARMSTRONG / Immediate Perception w. W. BAR TLEY, III/On Imre Lakatos 37 WILLIAM BERKSON / Lakatos One and Lakatos Two: An Appreciation 39 I. B. COHEN / William Whewell and the Concept of Scientific Revolution 55 L. JONATHAN COHEN / How Can One Testimony Corroborate Another? 65 R. S. COHEN / Constraints on Science 79 GENE D'AMOUR/ Research Programs, Rationality, and Ethics 87 YEHUDA ELKANA / Introduction: Culture, Cultural System and Science 99 PA UL K.

Albert Einstein

A Biography

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Author: Alice Calaprice,Trevor Lipscombe

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313330803

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 161

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Presents the life and accomplishments of the German physicist whose theory of relativity had a profound effect on modern views of space and time.

The Historical Development of Quantum Theory

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Author: Jagdish Mehra,Helmut Rechenberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387951744

Category: Science

Page: 878

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The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is a definitive historical study of the scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it.

Einstein and the Quantum

The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

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Author: A. Douglas Stone

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691168563

Category: Science

Page: 344

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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 light--the core of what we now know as quantum theory--than 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 Einstein--not Max Planck or Niels Bohr--was 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.

Einstein in Context

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Author: Mara Beller,Robert S. Cohen,Jurgen Renn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521448345

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

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This special issue of Science and Context examines the entire area of scientific inquiry surrounding Einstein, presenting controversies and debates within their contexts.

The Cambridge Companion to Einstein

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Author: Michel Janssen,Christoph Lehner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521828341

Category: History

Page: 575

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These fourteen essays by leading historians and philosophers of science introduce the reader to the work of Albert Einstein. Following an introduction that places Einstein's work in the context of his life and times, the essays explain his main contributions to physics in terms that are accessible to a general audience, including special and general relativity, quantum physics, statistical physics, and unified field theory. The closing essays explore the relation between Einstein's work and twentieth-century philosophy, as well as his political writings.

Einstein

His Life and Universe

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Author: Walter Isaacson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743264746

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

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A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein's papers offers insight into his contributions to science, in an account that describes the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance.