Einstein and the Quantum

The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

by A. Douglas Stone, A. Douglas Stone

Einstein and the Quantum reveals for the first time the full significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of light--the core of what we now know as quantum theory--than he did about relativity.

A compelling blend of physics, biography, and the history of science, Einstein and the Quantum shares the untold story of how Einstein--not Max Planck or Niels Bohr--was the driving force behind early quantum theory. It paints a vivid portrait of the iconic physicist as he grappled with the apparently contradictory nature of the atomic world, in which its invisible constituents defy the categories of classical physics, behaving simultaneously as both particle and wave. And it demonstrates how Einstein's later work on the emission and absorption of light, and on atomic gases, led directly to Erwin Schrödinger's breakthrough to the modern form of quantum mechanics. The book sheds light on why Einstein ultimately renounced his own brilliant work on quantum theory, due to his deep belief in science as something objective and eternal.

  • Princeton University Press; October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781400874040
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  • Title: Einstein and the Quantum
  • Author: A. Douglas Stone; A. Douglas Stone (other)
  • Imprint: Princeton University Press

In The Press

"Max Born said, 'Einstein is . . . clearly involved in the foundation of wave mechanics and no alibi can disprove it.' In this informative and engaging book, A. Douglas Stone cracks the case and reveals Einstein's fingerprints all over the subject."—Richard L. Garwin, physicist, recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award and the National Medal of Science

About The Author

A. Douglas Stone is the Carl A. Morse Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University.