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More and Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon

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Named a Top Five Book of 2012 by Physics Today, USA.Philip Anderson was educated at University High School in Urbana, Illinois, at Harvard (BS 1943, PhD 1949), and further educated at Bell Laboratories, where his career (1949-1984) coincided with the greatest period of that remarkable institution. Starting in 1967, he shared his time with Cambridge University (until 1975) ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by World Scientific Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Robert Grossman
In 1972, Philip Anderson wrote a very thought provoking article titled More is Different (Science, 4 August 1972, Volume 177, Number 4047, pages 393-396), which is generally accessible and still relevant today. I recently reread the article and decided to purchase a collection of his essays "More and Different." I very much enjoyed his book. Note that the articles and essays in the book are generally targeted more towards a working scientist than a general technical reader.
Cemalec
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Since I'm one of the only crazy people who listed this book, I'll say that it helps to be a physicist if you want to read it. He says himself he's not the best popularizer, and honestly, I think he's right. There's just a lot of stories about him and his amazing colleagues at Bell Labs, and earnest curiosity that's missing in a lot of the overblown faux-wonder of Brain Greene and the string theorists
Jon Butterworth
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A mixed bag, not very well edited, and overpriced, but with some absolutely brilliant gems amongst the rest. (For example "When Scientists Go Astray", quoted here).
I would give the book 5 stars for professional physicists - those gems are worth it and I'm glad I read it. For others, well, caveat emptor.
Philip
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
To put it in the parlance of the book, too much noise around the interesting signal.
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