The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics

The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics

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By (author) Robert Crease, By (author) Charles C. Mann

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  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 500 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 34mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 29 February 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New Brunswick, NJ
  • ISBN 10: 0813521777
  • ISBN 13: 9780813521770
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 932,513

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The Second Creation is the intimate story of the decades-long scientific quest for "unification," a theory that draws together all matter and energy, from the hottest supernovas to the whirring fragments of the atom. Based on scores of in-depth interviews with such brilliant scientists as Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, and Steven Weinberg, Robert Crease and Charles Mann vividly portray the tense, exciting world of investigators at the last frontier of knowledge. In telling the richly human story of the two generations of scientists who set out to find the "theory of everything," the authors recount a sweeping saga that moves from the early days of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr arguing in a Copenhagen park to the vast, mile-long atom smashers of today. The Second Creation is a definitive group portrait of twentieth-century physics. Robert P. Crease is an associate professor of philosophy at SUNY--Stony Brook. Award-winning science writer Charles C. Mann is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and Science magazine. His most recent book is Noah's Choice.

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Now back in print, The Second Creation is the intimate story of the decades-long scientific quest for "unification", a theory that draws together all matter and energy, from the hottest supernovas to the whirring fragments of the atom. Based on scores of in-depth interviews with such brilliant scientists as Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, and Steven Weinberg, Robert Crease and Charles Mann vividly portray the tense, exciting world of investigators at the last frontier of knowledge. In telling the richly human story of the two generations of scientists who set out to find the "theory of everything", the authors recount a sweeping saga that moves from the early days of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr arguing in a Copenhagen park to the vast, mile-long atom smashers of today. The Second Creation is a definitive group portrait of twentieth-century physics.