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112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Godel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science
 
 
Author
Burton Feldman. Katherine Williams, ed.
Publisher Arcade  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781559707046
Pages/Publication Date 243/2007
Daedalus Item Code 02658
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In the winter of 1943–44, Albert Einstein invited Bertrand Russell, Wolfgang Pauli, and Kurt Gödel—giants of contemporary science and thought and also close friends—to his home at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey, to discuss science, philosophy, and world events. Using these historic meetings as a starting point, science historian Burton Feldman provides a highly original examination of these four very outsized personalities as friends, colleagues, and rivals in a world built on their work while largely passing them by.

"All past their creative prime, this luminous foursome recognized not only how their own mental powers were flagging but also how their younger successors were incorporating their boldest work into yet more daring new paradigms. Einstein, in particular, watched in horror as his formulas became part of a quantum universe barren of certainties. And deep dismay enveloped all four as they contemplated how talented colleagues—notably Oppenheimer and Heisenberg—were harnessing pure science to the machinery of war. A piquant narrative restoring to modern science its full human meaning."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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