Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The Bomb

Beyond Uncertainty Heisenberg Quantum Physics and The Bomb Beyond Uncertainty Heisenberg Quantum Physics and the Bomb is an excellent work of scholarship and makes Heisenberg s work and life accessible to the general reader while remaining important and in

  • Title: Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The Bomb
  • Author: David C. Cassidy
  • ISBN: 9781934137130
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beyond Uncertainty Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb is an excellent work of scholarship and makes Heisenberg s work and life accessible to the general reader, while remaining important and interesting for the historian and scientist Along with Wernher von Braun, Heisenberg s career under Hitler represents perhaps the best twentieth century example of a faustian Beyond Uncertainty Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb is an excellent work of scholarship and makes Heisenberg s work and life accessible to the general reader, while remaining important and interesting for the historian and scientist Along with Wernher von Braun, Heisenberg s career under Hitler represents perhaps the best twentieth century example of a faustian bargain with evil for the advancement of knowledge and science Cassidy tells this story with nuance and passion Mark Walker, author of Nazi Science Myth, Truth, and the German Atomic BombIn 1992, David C Cassidy s groundbreaking biography of Werner Heisenberg, Uncertainty, was published to resounding acclaim from scholars and critics Michael Frayn, in the Playbill of the Broadway production of Copenhagen, referred to it as one of his main sources and the standard work in English Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atom Bomb called it the definitive biography of a great and tragic physicist, and the Los Angeles Times praised it as an important book Cassidy has sifted the record and brilliantly detailed Heisenberg s actions No book that has appeared since has rivaled Uncertainty, now out of print, for its depth and rich detail of the life, times, and science of this brilliant and controversial figure of twentieth century physics.Since the fall of the Soviet Union, long suppressed information has emerged on Heisenberg s role in the Nazi atomic bomb project In Beyond Uncertainty, Cassidy interprets this and other previously unknown material within the context of his vast research and tackles the vexing questions of a scientist s personal responsibility and guilt when serving an abhorrent military regime.David C Cassidy is the author of J Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century, Einstein and Our World, and Uncertainty Professor of natural sciences at Hofstra University, he has served as associate editor of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein He is the only author to have received both the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics and the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society for the same book Uncertainty.

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    One Reply to “Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The Bomb”

    1. David Cassidy, the author of the original definitive biography, updated it seven years ago when new Soviet and DDR materials became declassified. He believes Heisenberg never calculated the "diffusion equation" that would have revealed how much U-235 Germany would have needed to separate from U-238 in order to build a Uranium bomb (a la Hiroshima). But Heisenberg certainly knew reactors produced Plutonium; that Plutonium easily could be separated by chemical means; and he spent much of 1944 and [...]

    2. At times I found this book very interesting and at other times it was achingly dull. I was interested in the author's descriptions of Heisenberg's theoretical work, his relationship with Neils Bohr, the work he did during WWII, and his investigations into a theoretical minimum length and the S matrix. I found all of the jostling for the prestige of German physics, before, during and after the war, to be very boring. The author successfully conveyed the stellar brilliance of Werner Heisenberg, wh [...]

    3. I appreciated the parts about Heisenberg's youth and student days, as they helped provide some of the psychological framing for later chapters. I also appreciated some discussion of German academic politics.I knew all the basics about Heisenberg and matrix mechanics, the original formulation of the uncertainty principle, and the later energy x time rephrasing of it in response to Einstein.But, the "Beyond" of the title was what I was really into this book for.I'd read thumbnail sketches of Heise [...]

    4. I have read a lot about Heisenberg over the years, but this is the first dedicated biography. Cassidy's emphasis is more on the man than on the science. His portrait of Heisenberg is thoughtful and sympathetic. Above all Heisenberg comes across as someone who loved his country and his chosen profession deeply. Although flawed, like any of us, he was never a Nazi or a supporter of Hitler, and one could argue that the decisions and choices he made during WWII were partly forced on him by circumsta [...]

    5. much, much better than Cassidy's earlier Heisenberg book. This had lots of new information, great perspectives and insights. Interesting physics but really good look at the entanglement of politics and science.

    6. The only thing I don't like about the book is that it is not very well balanced; I would have liked it to go more into Heisenberg's personal life.

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