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Le dé d'Einstein et le chat de Schrödinger : Quand deux génies s'affrontent (Hors collection)

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Lorsque la mécanique quantique a bouleversé le monde ordonné d'Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein et Erwin Schrödinger étaient à l'avant-garde de cette révolution. Cependant, aucun des deux hommes ne s’est jamais satisfait de l'interprétation standard de la mécanique quantique et l’ont critiquée à leur manière : Einstein par son célèbre aphorisme « Dieu ne joue pas aux dés », S ...more
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Two of the most important developments in theoretical physics occurred in the early 20th century. Albert Einstein formulated the theory of general relativity and Erwin Schrödinger, Max Planck, Louie de Broglie and others devised quantum physics. In this book, physics professor Paul Halpern discusses the origin and evolution of these groundbreaking ideas.....and Einstein and Schrödinger's lifelong quest to find a 'unified theory of everything.'

Theoretical physics encompasses difficult
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Perhaps if you're physics major you could read this as easily as I can read through, say, a typical bestseller, but for anyone else this is not going to be an easy read at all. It's essentially a biography of both Einstein and Schrödinger combined with a crash course into some of the most important developments in the history of physics. Yeah, it's tough. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable as I love this stuff. And I definitely learned a lot about the history of physics. However, some of
Peter Mcloughlin
Einstein and Schroedinger both made their major contributions at a young age. In Einstein's case, the miracle year of 1905 and 1915 and Schroedinger made his mark in Quantum Mechanics in the mid-twenties. You have rewritten physics in your twenties and thirties now what. Well, you keep doing Physics which they did and made more contributions like EPR or Schroedinger's Cat and even ask questions outside your field like Schroedinger asking "What is life?"
They never reached their early heights an
This is a very well written account of the relationship between Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger. It's not so much a biography of an individual person; rather it's a biography of the relationship between Einstein and Schrödinger and their mutual disdain for the consequences of quantum mechanics. The author gives enough biographical details about each man to give the reader an understanding of each man's quirkiness without going into full biography mode. So if you're looking for the same lev ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did wonder what Einstein was up to after he was done with the general relativity theory. He spent a few futile decades on a grand unified theory, while ignoring quantum and elementary particles. Schrödinger was doing the same. The two never accepted the inherent uncertainty of quantum physics, even though both were the early pioneers of the quantum theory and contributed significantly to it. Each had his own personal philosophical problems with quantum physics. Einstein’s personal philosopher ...more
This book gives a dry, historical account of the back and forth conversation (sometimes argument) between Einstein and Schrodinger. If that sounds boring, don't read the book. But if you're like me, you can't get enough of either of these two. This book is fun not necessarily because of the brilliance of these two characters, but their respective hubris and humanity. Einstein was wrong about quantum randomness. Schrodinger had some crazy philosophical ideas, too. One of the great things about qu ...more
Menglong Youk
"Einstein's Dice and Schrődinger's Cat" is more like a history of their mutual friendship rather than the individuals; it highlights important events of both men and their early involvement in physics, revealing their personal views on the newest frontier at that time, quantum physics. Both were skeptics about this new chapter; despite being ones of the crucial contributors to the new theory, their versions somehow disagreed to it and they used the analogy of dice and cat to underscore its insan ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-physics
I wish the book had more science and less biography. Although, I knew little about Shrodinger's life before I read this. I find quantum theory intersting, even though I don't understand very well.
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Bu kitabı okurken sıkılmamak için fizik bilimine mesai harcamış olmak gerekiyor. Fizik sevmeyenler okumasın :)
Amjad Al Taleb
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The private lives of Schrodinger and Einstein with easy-to-understand description of their major contributions to science.
This book reminded me of Walter Isaacson's biography about Einstein, only dryer. I had trouble staying focused, found my mind wandering. It would have been a better book if it had been infused with more passion.

Even with its dry nature, the good bits were really good. Halpern isn't as kind as Isaacson in his portrait of Einstein. He portrayed him in an extremely favorable light at times, but at other times his description reminded me of what people today say about Richard Dawkins-- that he had
Ian Divertie
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Two men who laid the foundation for Quantum Mechanics and then spent the rest of their lives trying to take it all back. Ultimately, this book is about and the problem that was associated with Quantum Mechanics that directly talked to the philosophical, epistemological, problem of "causality" and the ability of man to objectively measure the most elemental forces of our reality. Determinism versus Heisenberg's Randomness? In the end, or to this point in history Randomness ha ...more
Ant Ryan
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ant by: Paul Halpern
Professor Halpern exudes passion for his subject on a similar level to the two protagonists, giving a thoughtful account of their lives – both professionally and as human beings. It was not only an interesting, but also an informative read.
I felt an empathy for Einstein’s failed efforts at Unification, but nothing but respect for the way both scientists continued to work away at this, which is a wonderful legacy to leave to a world that they had already changed for the better. Their roller-coast
Steve Morris
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, science
A fascinating and well-written account of the lives and work of two of the twentieth century's greatest scientists - Einstein and Schrodinger. It's also a broad account of the challenge to produce a unified field theory of physics. Although both scientists ultimately failed in this quest, together they helped to lay the foundations of modern physics - no mean feat. The challenge is still ongoing, and the book ends with a glimpse of the problems faced and the two most popular ways forward - strin ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I enjoyed reading this book but I must admit that after a while I skipped a lot of the technical writing which was way beyond my level of understanding. Having said that I do have a greater respect for Einstein and have learned who Schroedinger was and how his contributions were useful. I really enjoyed reading about the time in which these great men lived and getting some insight into their personalities.
Dana Wegierak
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Accurate. I really appreciated the detail.
Ziga Casar
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. But it requires a great amount of background knowledge to read it smoothly.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The maybe one third I was able to understand was interesting.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. It was very interesting. A winding story of two great scientists. This book is extremely well written.
Feisty Harriet
Not quite my jam, despite watching a LOT of The Big Bang Theory I am not very fluent in physics Biology and evolutionary science? Yes. Physics and it's various branches? Uh, no. This wasn't enjoyable for me, despite the biographical info about Einstein and Schrödinger. I will maybe stick to natural science instead of theoretical.
Christopher Duston
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. It was engaging and interesting, with exactly the right amount of History (with a capital "H") and personal anticdotes. Halpern has a great style which is very straightforward yet not at all boring. I learned a lot of things which I didn't know and got a great sense of the excitement around modern physics during the time which was easily the most exciting for the subject. In addition, many of the details deal with the science/life/political conundrum ...more
Mikaela Robertson
The first chapter summed up what happened between Einstein and Schrodinger, and I wondered what the rest of the book was going to be about!

I read a few reviews before beginning this book and both these and blurbs gave me a false idea of what the book was about. So I hope my review adds some value to the mix, particularly for people who aren't scientists, have no scientific background and don't know anything about physics.

I wanted to read this book because I like reading about successful people a
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, non-fiction
When one could think there isn’t much more that can be said about Einstein (and about Schrodinger, after a masterful biography by John Gribbin that appeared last year) there’s yet another corner of the lives of these great scientists that’s uncover, and, of course, turned into a full book. Here we get to see their correspondence, and get a sense of kinship of them, as they’re marginalized by the fast progress of Quantum Mechanics.

Both giants of Physics made contributions that, when taken further
Chirayu Batra
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phystory, I would say. A nice blend of Physics and History. Probably a tough read for those without a physics background, but nonetheless a delight to know about the insights of two great physicists in one book. How philosophy played a part in shaping their outlook towards finding and justifying their theories is also noteworthy, Spinoza for Einstein and Schopenhauer for Schrodinger. The book might not be apt for those trying to look into the deep personal lives of these scientists, but is apt f ...more
Einstein’s Dice and Schrodinger’s Cat serves its purpose as a biography of two of the twentieth century’s great physicists. Tracing the sometimes friendship and sometimes rivalry of the two men, Paul Halpern combines history and physical theory as he traces their mutual quest to find a theory to unify relativity with quantum mechanics. The most interesting aspect of the story, to my mind, really comes down to the way in which each man in his own way slowly becomes isolated from the world of phys ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The thing I like most about this book is the story of their personal lives. I had absolutely no prior knowledge of them as people, I didn't know where they were from, I didn't know about their their wives and lovers and children and grandchildren. I didn't know they were contemporaries, or about their friendship and their arguments. And this was all fun stuff for me to learn. OK there is a lot of theories and Scientific information and science speech, ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting history of a dispute between two close friends who both shared a common belief that a popular theory in modern physics was not correct. The book is partly biographical about Einstein and the slightly younger Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger, who was also a Nobel Laureate; and about a third of the book deals with the actual physics in question in the falling out.
It is hard for me to imagine this work could appeal to anyone who has not studied modern physics at least at the undergr
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the author did a fine job of describing the inter-related lives of these two great physicists. I should likely have taken a course or two in quantum physics before reading the book in order to fully appreciate all the nuance of their story. Halpern did a pretty good job of not injecting the science into the story to the story's detriment - a full appreciation in one volume would likely have been very large. As it is, I am left with the Einstein/Schroedinger story, interesting as it is, o ...more
Terri Vlasak
Halpern does a good job describing relationships among physicists, especially in the 20th century, especially the relationship between Einstein and Schroedinger. However, he manages to make even hugely entertaining paradoxes and thought experiments of theoretical physics a bit dry and dull. Not sure what happened here. On a sad note, a person who was brilliant at describing physics in an accessible, entertaining AND accurate way, Professor Robert March, UW Madison has passed away (August). I too ...more
Jean Gobin
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Einstein is known as the father of Relativity, as well as of the famous formula that links mass to energy. Schrödinger is known for his cat "thought experiment" and for his wave equation. But did you know that Einstein was also one of the fathers of quantum mechanics? And that both men looked at finding an equation to unify gravity and electromagnetism?

This book is not a biography of either men, though aspects of their lives are presented. It presents how both collaborated, how their friendship
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Acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern is the author of fourteen popular science books, exploring the subjects of space, time, higher dimensions, dark energy, dark matter, exoplanets, particle physics, and cosmology. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. A regular contributor to NOVA's "The Nature of Reality" phys ...more
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