A Quantum of Excitement

Manjit Kumar has degrees in physics and philosophy. And an exceptional ability to write. He converts the major revolution in physics in the last century into a gripping and exciting book, Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality.

Published in India by Hachette, in this "tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.

Quantum theory is weird. In 1905 Albert Einstein suggested that light was a particle, not a wave, defying a century of experiments. Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and Erwin Schrödinger’s famous dead-and-alive cat are similarly strange. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren’t shocked by quantum theory, you didn’t really understand it."

At a time when the word is much abused (it means nothing when used with Healing, for instance!) Manjit Kumar's Quantum "sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age"

A review in the Hindustan Times on 26 September says: Kumar brings lucidity and a sense of drama to what is usually considered by lay readers as an esoteric, bubble-chambered subject. He does this without sacrificing the ‘science of it’ at the altar of readability. The triumphs and the tribulations, the politics and the physics, the humanity and the genius of the protagonists all collide to produce the sort of energy that we usually expect in a Le Carre thriller.

Totally! Rs 495, in paperback, 464 pages. ISBN: 9789380143101