L’universo non è una sorta di rompicapo infinito, né un gigantesco computer: più semplicemente, è un messaggio, certamente complesso, che spetta agli scienziati di leggere e spiegare, e il suo linguaggio, il suo «codice cosmico», si esprime con la fisica quantistica. In questo libro divenuto ormai un classico, Heinz Pagels esamina prima la struttura concettuale della teoria quantistica, la sua evoluzione e le sue diverse interpretazioni per poi addentrarsi nell’infinitamente piccolo. La teoria quantistica dei campi si rivela lo strumento più efficace per aprirsi un varco nella foresta delle particelle elementari, soggette a leggi che sfuggono all’intuizione della fisica classica. Senza ricorrere al gergo dei fisici, o a formule matematiche, con l’agilità di uno scienziato sicuro che è anche scrittore brillante, Pagels guida il lettore lungo un percorso che tocca tutti i punti significativi della fisica moderna.
- ISBN: 8833928128
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 341
Pagels' work is probably one of the best layperson introduction to both understanding and "interpreting" Quantum Mechanics. The most remarkable part of this book is the description of Bell's Inequality. Bell's Theorem forever demolishes the Einsteinian views of of local hidden variable determinism. I Leggi tutto
Despite being written in 1982, this book is a wonderful non-mathematical introduction to Quantum Theory for the layperson. As for me, Pagels did a superb job in explaining quite a number of QM related concepts, such as randomness and probability distributions, the Bell's inequality, the Schroedinger Leggi tutto
-Great overview for the layman on quantum physics, special relativity and general relativity, with some smarting of philosophy as well. Most of the book is straight science. The author goes into the history of quantum physics and the discoveries of hadrons, gluons, quarks, gravitons etc. etc. and va Leggi tutto
Great book if you are at all interested in physics, Einstein's theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics. This book explains things for the layman better than most although the book was written 27 years ago and some of his information is obviously out of date. Relativity and quantum mechanics have Leggi tutto
You can face Pagel's "Cosmic Code" directly with Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" as a way of confronting the two sides of the most widely known fields of physics being investigated: quantum mechanics and astrophysics. Pagel is able to discuss complex features of quantum mechanics through a simple approach and, Leggi tutto
I love this book to the point of sentimentality. I don't know how applicable the science still is. Physics has advanced in the years since Pagels wrote it. However, it is accessible to a neophyte, and yet, I think it does not do a terrible disservice to physics. Anyway, it left me with a love of the Leggi tutto
A useful introduction The Cosmic Code (the book) provides a thorough introduction to the field of quantum physics by exploring its historical development over the course of the 20th century, key questions, experimental breakthroughs, most impactful contributing scientists, and future directions. Is i Leggi tutto
This book was unbelievably amazing. I am a chemical engineer but have never taken a quantum physics class. This book described quantum physics in a way that I could easily understand and left me mind-blown, wishing there were more! This book challenged my faith and sparked a passion for pursuing kno Leggi tutto
Heinz Pagels wrote this with supreme clarity. Written in the 1980s, while it does not cover some of the latest thinking in quantum physics, it does a brilliant job of explaining the building blocks of quantum weirdness. This is not a pop science book - it's gets down into the weeds. The motivated re Leggi tutto
Read Chinese version. It is really a wonderful book, it is worth ten stars. Accurate concise thinking venation, goes down so deep humanistic concern, made bold imagination. the book is the source of most of Liu Cixin thoughts. Is really great. I am to read other works by the author.
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