"A fascinating tour of the lives and afterlives of some of the most captivating concepts of quantum theory." -- David Kaiser, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics "A delight! A tour de force that is both illuminating and extraordinarily readable." -- Gino Segre, author of Ordinary Geniuses: How Two Mavericks Shaped Modern Science "This is an amazing book for scientists and humanists alike! Every page yields surprises-not only about the complex history of quantum physics but about how it impacts our understanding of ourselves in daily life. Required reading for anyone concerned with casting the fate of humankind in a radically new light." -- Edward S. Casey, author of The World at a Glance "Reading The Quantum Moment is a very fun way to learn about where quantum physics comes from and the strange, even astonishing places it has gone with or without the physicists for whom it is the language of their craft." -- Peter Galison, author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps, professor of science and physics, Harvard University "Fascinating... Crease and Goldhaber have written an accessible and entertaining history that embraces both the science and the silliness of quantum mechanics." -- Publishers Weekly "An entertaining read." -- Jim Baggott - Nature
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The discovery of the quantum-the idea, born in the early 1900s in a remote corner of physics, that energy comes in finite packets instead of infinitely divisible quantities-planted a rich set of metaphors in the popular imagination. Quantum imagery and language now bombard us like an endless stream of photons. Phrases such as multiverses, quantum leaps, alternate universes, the uncertainty principle, and Schrodinger's cat get reinvented continually in cartoons and movies, coffee mugs and T-shirts, and fiction and philosophy, reinterpreted by each new generation of artists and writers. Is a "quantum leap" big or small? How uncertain is the uncertainty principle? Is th...
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