Provides a detailed account of Albert Einstein's thinking in regard to quantum physics. Until recently, most of Einstein's views on quantum physics were dismissed and even ridiculed; some critics even suggested that Einstein was not able to grasp the complexities of the formalism of quantum theory and subtleties of the standard interpretation of this theory known as the Copenhagen interpretation put forward by Niels Bohr and his colleagues.
But was that true? Modern scholarship argues otherwise, insist Drs. Home and Whitaker, who painstakingly explain the questions Einstein raised as well as offer a detailed discussion of Einstein's position and major contributions to quantum theory, connecting them with contemporary studies on fundamental aspects of this theory.
This unique book presents a mathematical as well as a non-mathematical route through the theories, controversies, and investigations, making the discourse both readable and understandable to anyone interested in Einstein and quantum theory. The authors also examine recent developments in quantum theory and reveal the influence Einstein has had, and will continue to have, in this important field.
From the reviews: "The book is serious, competent, and most engaging. Its declared aim is a reappraisal of Einstein's critical attitude toward quantum theory. ! I recommend Einstein's Struggles with Quantum Theory to physicists who are interested in their past and to historians and philosophers who are curious about today's quantum physics." (Tilman Sauer, Physics Today, May, 2008) "This fascinating book presents and defends Einstein's work on quantum theory. ! Let me sum up by saying that I recommend this book in the very highest of terms: Home and Whitaker have produced a wonderful book that will appeal to physicists, historians, and philosophers alike. ! Indeed, this book constitutes an excellent argument for quantum foundations research. Furthermore, although nominally about Einstein's views, given its range, simplicity, and clarity I think it would make an excellent 'first encounter' with quantum theory." (Dean Rickles, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 g) "The authors feel ! that their book is the first to provide a comprehensive account of Einstein's encounter with quantum theory. ! the book should be of interest to a wide range of readers. Anybody with an interest in Einstein and quantum theory should be able understand the main themes of the book and appreciate Einstein's underestimated influence in quantum theory." (Roland Carchon, Physicalia Magazine, Vol. 30 (4), 2008) "This book presents a lot of commented historical facts together with the respective references. ! this book is a precious and useful contribution to the history of quantum mechanics which especially gives insight into the thinking and influence to the development of quantum theory by Albert Einstein." (K.-E. Hellwig, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1167, 2009)
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