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literally=The Part & the Whole: Talking about Atomic Physics
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Published November 1st 2001 by Piper Taschenbuch (first published 1969)
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Bogdan Raț
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most pleasent surprises I had so far concerning a book, or a scientific book atleast.
I wanted to read this book mainly because I thought it would be instructive and heard a lot about him and his uncertainty principle in other books. It was instructive, but in a different way that I expected. Heisenberg really told a great story, not focusing on advanced physics notions but more on it's development in the first part of the 20th century and how difficult was to except the new idea of qu
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Bogdan Teodorescu
Amazing book. The closest you can get to knowing Werner Heisenberg. I was surprised by the way he has written the book and how he managed to combine biography with physics discussions. Fascinating read
Thais Oliveira
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. Heisemberg is one of the scientists right that were right in the middle of the quantum physics revolution. He shares with his the readers the works of scientists, the difficulties they had to overcome, and how those theories took form. But that’s not all. He also renders his unique views of a mad world, consumed by wars and intolerance. And you need no background in physics at all to appreciate it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Martin Gustafsson
One of the most interesting books I've read, booth from a historical and scientific perspective. Heisenberg describes his and his collegues work through what he remembered from their dialogues, which makes the book more interesting, as alternate views are always presented. If you're interested in history, quantum physics and philosophy this book is a must read! Fortunate for me it's translated into swedish: Delen och helheten. ...more
Sagar Saxena
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author takes us through the most important conversations of his life.Conversations with people ranging from members of the German Youth movement,eminent contemporary physicists,philosophers & even politicians.The concerned topics span the arts,religion,metaphysics,philosophy,nature(in the most general sense),consciousness,language,politics and of course,atomic physics.The book is also semi-autobiographical though the focus is always on the conversation & the various views presented via the c ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: physics students
Recommended to Erik by: Peter Smith
Shelves: sciences
Most of the grownups I knew in childhood had been in WWII, Dad serving in both theatres, Mom and most other relatives having lived in occupied Norway. Further, childhood occurred during the Cold War. Not a day passed from, say, age ten without thoughts of sudden death in an atomic exchange. Concurrently, with intellectual development, first in the sciences, then in the humanities and social sciences, I found myself ever-more at home with German science, German literature and German culture. Inde ...more
Hoz Kamaran
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The scientific discussions from this book shows us how scientists come up with new ideas and how they share these ideas. based on sharing ideas and cooperation with each other, we can see how did they improve their own theories. No matter whether their works were complementary or contradictory to each other's work, they still respected each other and nerver hated each other.
This book is about science, philosophy, politics, and religion.
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David Jacobson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This autobiography by one of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics is a gem. It uses an unconventional style, heavy on fabricated dialog, to get straight to the matters at the heart of Heisenberg's life. In the early chapters the author finds his way into the world of physics and grapples with the still-unsolved questions of the atom and nucleus, along the way meeting and befriending the giants of the time: Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Pauli, Dirac. But then, as the narrative enters the 1930s, th ...more
Joseph Knecht
If you ever wanted to walk and listen to the conversations of some of the greatest physicists of the 20th century then you should definitely read this book. Heisenberg recollects the inception of atomic and quantum theory in Germany, mainly through discussions with Bohr, Schrödinger, Einstein, and others.

The timeline of the book is before, during and after the Second World War. It's fascinating to know the reason why Germany didn't develop nuclear bomb during the war is that this group of physi
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Mike Suter
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Heisenberg's (yes, from the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) memoir spanning the years 1919 to 1958. It is written to include his remembered (and approximated) conversations with such luminaries as Neil Bohr -- his mentor and friend -- as well as Einstein, Durac and Pauli among others. There is much pleasure in reading how such intelligent people discuss and argue not just physics, but also philosophy, politics and religion. All of this plays out against the tumult of WW2, where Heisenb ...more
Dominik
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like the title suggests, it's the book filled with conversations about physics and that what lies beyond physics (nature) - metaphysics. It also gives you a great insight into what was happening at the time right after the first world war, between two wars, and after in world; especially what was happening in Germany.
Early 20th century was a time when a group of physicists, including Heisenberg, strived to find out what really is the nature of space, time and matter. The revelations that to
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Tue Thulesen
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for anyone interested in the history of quantum mechanics. It excels by being rather short but filled with philosophical tangents beyond physics from the likes of Bohr, Pauli and Dirac as well as from the author himself. For me personally, I found interesting Heisenbergs remarks on his somewhat obscure unified quantum field theory, the work on which apparently occupied him for the last decades of his life.
Jan
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A kind of history and biography by one of the greatest scientists, Werner Heisenberg. He uses “remembered” dialogues with people he worked with to illustrate the proces of discovery. He also discusses important other questions on “the big picture”. He shows how the structure of our brain and body have to be the same as the structure of the forces in the universe and how we “talk” in metaphors about “images” of things. “The theory makes you see the facts”
Ady ZYN
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deep-knowledge
Highly recommended!!!
Peter Reczek
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great as a historical treatment of early quantum mechanics. Heisenbergs' autobiography in essay form. interesting but somewhat dated. ...more
Fereshteh Farahmand
Must Read!
Mark Johnson
This little book of reminiscences by Werner Heisenberg is a treasure. Dr. Heisenberg brings the era between the two world wars to vivid life, and recounts his earnest and wide-ranging conversations with Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger, Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn, and many of the other scientists who together groped their way toward what is now called 'quantum mechanics'. The text is non-technical and accessible to the reader with no knowledge of physics. The questions Heisenberg and his colleagues ...more
Ana
Jun 28, 2012 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ana by: a relative
Shelves: borrowed
I did not mark this as abandoned beacuse I dindn't like it, but beacuse when I borrowed it from a relative of mine, he told me I would only be able to read the beginning of it and understand it, and then I should drop it and come back a few years later. Which is exactly what I will do!
I think it is too complex for me right now and I still have to understand much more so that when I will read this book again I will be more open to the ideas in it!
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Sheila
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good combination of actual events in the Werner's life and conversations he had with other scientists about physics. You get a feeling of how these people think. It's a bit dry in places, but not enough to destroy the books 5-star status. ...more
Ami Iida
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
It is written about General relativity theory and the uncertainty principle and breaking Symmetry .
You nned not to read it for knowing their summary but if you know their thought , you should read it.
Danielch
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physik
Absolutely superb autobiographical book. Heisenberg is such an astonishing character with a life full of fascinating and awe inspiring stories. Simultaneously this is a first hand account of the early development of quantum and nuclear physics. Highly recommended!
Ali Agh
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
Without doubt this book is one of the treasures of 20th century.
I can't describe this in a few sentences, I can only assure you by reading this book you'll enter a whole new level of thinking about life, philosophy and the world.
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Amir Hesam
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Undoubtedly one of the best book I have ever read. It is more about philosophy rather than physics.
Read it on my guarantee you won't regret ir;)
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Alexander Curran
A detailed and precise (Philosophical and physics based dialogue/equational...) from Heisenberg. Mostly stood the test of time as well.
Omid Ahmadi
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book to those who love the modern physics.
Mehdi
It's fantastic . I enjoyed reading this book. ...more
James
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
John Jongerhuis
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book about Sciense, Politics, philosohy and coming of age in the 1920-30's , with many many insights in the biggest minds of the 20th century. ...more
Mohammad Aghaie
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a physicist, this can be something you shouldn't miss. ...more
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Werner Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist who made foundational contributions to quantum mechanics and is best known for asserting the uncertainty principle of quantum theory. In addition, he made important contributions to nuclear physics, quantum field theory, and particle physics.

He won the 1932 Nobel prize in physics "for the creation of quantum mechanics, the application of which h
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