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Schrodinger: Life and Thought

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The first comprehensive biography of Erwin Schrodinger--a brilliant and charming Austrian scientist--is drawn from the recollections of friends, family and colleagues, as well as contemporary records, letters and diaries.
Paperback, 525 pages
Published May 29th 1992 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 28th 1989)
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Charles Daney
Many people probably think that a famous scientist's life is rather unlikely to be as interesting and exciting as, say, that of a famous artist or celebrity. They would be wrong, at least about Erwin Schrödinger. Of course, there are a few other notable exceptions, such as Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman. However, the fame of these two is, at least in small part, based on their personal lives as well as their science. Einstein, for instance, is known for many famous quotations on all sorts o ...more
Ari
Jun 03, 2015 Ari rated it liked it
Schroedinger was one of the greats of 20th century physics. Anybody with a slight background in science will already know that he invented the quantum theory of wave mechanics, and that he had grave unease about the Copenhagen interpretation. (His famous hypothetical cat was meant as an argument against Bohr's views.) But Schroedinger was a much stranger and more interesting person than I had expected.

There's a lot else I did not know. Schroedinger was heavily influenced by Hindu mysticism, and
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Dallas
Jul 03, 2010 Dallas rated it liked it
Moore's account of Erwin Schrödinger's life isn't a bad read at all. For those unacquainted with the mathematical rigor of quantum mechanics, it is a little difficult to follow. The flow is somewhat choppy, and the mix of equations and technical descriptions might sidetrack the lay-reader. More emphasis could have been placed on simplification, but realistically, QM is a difficult concept to grasp even without the math.

For those who are curious to know what Schrödinger's work is all about, I
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Tony Gualtieri
Sep 02, 2013 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing
I started this biography curious about Schrödinger's physics and ended it curious about Schrödinger's philosophy. The book does a wonderful job outlining the life and works. It doesn't shy away from equations, but at the same time the author is careful to define his variables. It's surprising how often this isn't done. With a bit of work, one comes away with a reasonable introduction to quantum wave mechanics and other areas that Schrödinger worked on (color theory, statistical approaches to phy ...more
Angus
May 15, 2008 Angus rated it liked it
Shelves: unfinished
I stopped half way through this because for some reason I stopped reading for like a year. I do recall this being an interesting read about a scientist I think is a fairly underrated and only famous to most people for a mental parlor trick. He was much more than just his cat people.
Joel Rubin
Mar 03, 2014 Joel Rubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intended for physicists. Contains equations. Goes into detail about Schrodinger's thought process leading to the wave equation.
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