A Review of Uncertainty

Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of ScienceUncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science by David Lindley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am fascinated by shifts in world view. The world is still the same, but our stories about that world change. In effect, nothing is the same.

Issac Newton described a clockwork world as part of the Enlightenment. Einstein pivoted and described a world that was almost the same but yet different. Heisenberg pulled the rug out from both of them by saying that we could not know what the details of the world (at least at the quantum level) really were.

It is more complicated than that, but you need to read to book to understand why. Lindley tells a lovely story of the unfolding of this shift in world views. There is just enough science to be useful but not enough to confuse the reader not familiar with the subject.

Recommended for all readers.

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