The Ghost in the Atom : A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics, Paperback

The Ghost in the Atom : A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics Paperback

Edited by P. C. W. Davies, J.R. Brown

Part of the CANTO series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

Niels Bohr's dictum bears witness to the bewildering impact of quantum theory, flying in the face of classical physics and dramatically transforming scientists' outlook on our relationship with the material world.

While the theory has been supremely successful in its explanation of some of the major problems in twentieth-century physics, its meaning (presenting a number of basic philosophical contradictions) is nevertheless the subject of unprecedented controversy amongst scientists.

In this book, which has its origin in a series of radio broadcasts, Paul Davies interviews eight physicists involved in debating and testing the theory, with radically different views of its significance.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 11 b/w illus.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Atomic & molecular physics
  • ISBN: 9780521457286



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Fascinating interviews. The introduction is an excellent overview of some of the different interpretations of quantum mechanics. The intro also has a nice discussion of some of the key paradoxes or riddles of quantum mechanics.

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Good for the quantum physics enthusiast who is not a scientist or a mathematician. Fascinating read.

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