Modern science has changed every aspect of life in ways that cannot be compared to developments of previous eras. This four-volume set presents key developments within modern physical science and the effects of these discoveries on modern global life. The first two volumes explore the history of the concept of relativity, the cultural roots of science, the concept of time and gravity before, during, and after Einstein's theory, and the cultural reception of relativity. Volume 3 explores the impact of modern science upon global politics and the creation of a new kind of war, and Volume 4 details the old and new efforts surrounding the elucidation of the quantum world, as well as the cultural impact of particle physics. This reprint collection pools the best scholarship available, collected from a large array of difficult to acquire books, journals, and pamphlets. Each volume begins with an introductory essay, written by one of the top scholars in the history of science. Students and scholars of modern culture, science, and society will find these volumes a veritable research gold mine.

chapter 1|22 pages

Revisiting Planck

chapter 7|7 pages

Heisenberg, Uncertainty and the Quantum Revolution

At 32, Werner Heisenberg was one of the youngest scientists to receive the Nobel Prize. Ambition and fierce competitiveness inspired him to formulate one of the best-known principles of science

chapter 9|36 pages

Weimar Culture, Causality, and Quantum Theory, 1918–1927

Adaptation by German Physicists and Mathematicians to a Hostile Intellectual Environment

chapter 10|26 pages

Born's Probabilistic Interpretation

A Case Study of ‘Concepts in Flux'

chapter 11|41 pages

The Roots of Complementarity

chapter 13|38 pages

Pascual Jordan

Quantum mechanics, psychology, National Socialism

chapter 14|12 pages

Einstein's Critique Of Quantum Theory

The Roots and Significance of EPR