Patrick Van Esch

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Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics by J. S. Bell
In the early days of quantum mechanics, Einstein (who was
actually at the origin of the basic ideas of the theory)
and Bohr (one of the founders of the formalism of quantum
mechanics) had a lot of discussions: Einstein just couldn't
accept the (to "common sense") weird predictions of
quantum theory. Einstein's criticism on quantum theory
reached a top in a few papers that describe what is called
"the Einstein-Podolski-Rosen paradox". It describes long
distance correlations between measurements that seem to depend
on arbitrary decisions made by the two distant observers and
that can have no causal relationship… Read more
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensi&hellip by Brian Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling !, Aug. 8 2002
The feat realised by M. Greene in this book is unimaginable:
he gives a popular account - without introducing any undue
simplification or cheap analogy - of all of current physics
(from classical mechanics over general relativity, from
quantum mechanics to quantum field theory and particle
physics) and uses this "introductory" material to prepare
the stage for his final goal: to explain you in detail what
superstring theory is all about. As he is one of the main
contributors to this field, he really knows what he's talking
about of course, but that's not the point.
Until this book was written, superstring theory was a quite… Read more
Semiconductor Fundamentals: Volume I (2nd Edition) by Robert F. Pierret
I've used the first 6 volumes of this series to give a
course in semiconductor device physics, and found the text
really well done, I could allmost give the material verbatim
to the students (except for some calculations where some
more additional steps needed to enlighten some of them).
Most of the basic aspects of semiconductor physics, having
an impact on the practical characteristics of real devices
are treated and follow logically from the theory that is
exposed in the volumes.
The only thing that I found strange is: why so many small
modules, which are anyway interdependent ? Wouldn't one
decent book have been a better idea ?