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Quantum. Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

Tuesday 13 July, 2010 6.45 for 7- 8.30pm

The Studio, Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP.

Quantum theory looks at the very bulding blocks of our world, the particles and processes without which it could not exist. Yet for 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. 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.

While Quantum sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age, Kumar's centrepiece is the conflict between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. 'Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of physicists into believing that the problem had been solved', lamented Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann. But in Quantum, Kumar brings Einstein back to the centre of the quantum debate.

Quantum is the essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story by the band of brilliant men at its heart.

Manjit Kumar
Manjit has degrees in physics and philosophy. He was the founding editor of Prometheus, and interdisciplinary journal that covered the arts and the sciences, described by one reviewer as 'perhaps the finest magazine that i've ever read'.

He is co-author of Science and the Retreat From Reason, which introduced ket areas of modern science while defending the Enlightenment notions of social progress and scientific advancea against the loss of faith in prgress and science. Published in 1995 it was critically acclaimed as a 'corrective to the hype', 'thought-provoking', and 'undoubtedly one of the best introductions one can find to the crisis of confidence within science itself.

Manjit has written for The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, The Irish Times and is Consulting Editor at Wired. He lives in North London with his wife and two kids.

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