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Uncertainty by David Lindley
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May 25, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2009

I found this narrative of the transition from a deterministic, Newtonian view of the physical world to the statistical probabilities (and uncertainty) of quantum interactions really entertaining. It had much the same feel as James Watson's Double Helix: a sort of clubby, intellectual-but-confused, adversarial-but-friendly atmosphere of early twentieth century science. Towards the end, David Lindley does go off on a minor tangent ranting about other historians of science who see this narrative differently than he does... and then goes smoothly into a discussion of Niels Bohr trying to apply the uncertainty principle to everything from poetry to biology (articulating it as being analogous to not being able to see the forest for the trees). A fascinating read.

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