1. What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe
Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity’s finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr’s students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments.
As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.
2. Finite Elasticity Theory
Serving as an introduction to the basic elements of Finite Elasticity, this textbook is the cornerstone for any graduate-level on the topic, while also providing a template for a host of theories in Solid Mechanics.
David J. Steigmann is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley. He has published extensively within his research interests, including finite elasticity, thin shells, the plasticity theory, and tensile structures. He sits on the editorial boards of ZAMP, Journal of Elasticity, Journal of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures, among others.