The May New Books are an interesting bunch! Here's a taste of two of the standouts. Come down to the Physics Library to browse these books and many more.
Boisot, M. (2011). Collisions and collaboration : the organization of learning in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
This book describes the nature and process of "Big Science" using the ATLAS collaboration as a case study while attempting to answer the question of whether the cost of practicing Big Science is too large and the results too uncertain. In the end, Boisot endeavors to use the ATLAS experiment to predict where Big Science is headed in the future.
Schlosshauer, M. A. (2011). Elegance and enigma : the quantum interviews. Heilelberg: Springer Verlag.
This book is part of The Frontiers Collection and is a compilation of responses to Schlosshauer's questions to seventeen leading physicists and philosophers about quantum mechanics. Schlosshauer gets fascinating answers to questions such as: what is quantum mechanics about? what is it telling us about nature? what is the experiment of your dreams? what is the role of philosophy in our understanding of quantum mechanics?
Thanks to anecdotes and stories sprinkled throughout the responses anyone can enjoy this book, from experts to students and the average layperson.
The participants include: Guido Bacciagaluppi, Caslav Brukner, Jeffrey Bub, Arthur Fine, Christopher Fuchs, GianCarlo Ghirardi, Shelly Goldstein, Daniel Greenberger, Lucien Hardy, Anthony Leggett, Tim Maudlin, David Mermin, Lee Smolin, Antony Valentini, David Wallace, Anton Zeilinger, and Wojciech Zurek.
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