The Age of Entanglement

The Age of Entanglement

When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

Book - 2008
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An exploration of the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles--one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics. In 1935, Einstein showed that quantum mechanics predicted such a correlation, which he dubbed "spooky action at a distance." That same year, Erwin Schrödinger christened this correlation "entanglement." Yet its existence wasn't firmly established until 1964, in a groundbreaking paper by Irish physicist John Bell. What happened during those years and since to refine the understanding of this phenomenon is the story told here. Drawing on papers, letters, and memoirs, author Gilder humanizes and dramatizes the story by employing their own words in imagined face-to-face dialogues. We see Bohr and Einstein clashing, and Heisenberg and Pauli deciding which mysteries to pursue. We see Schrödinger and Louis de Broglie pave the way for Bell, whose work is here given a long-overdue revisiting. And we see Richard Feynman challenging his contemporaries to make something of this entanglement.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
ISBN: 9781400044177
Characteristics: xvi, 443 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Jan 18, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book. The author has done a great job of providing insight into how eminent physicists made progress towards a better understanding of the world around us.
The author must be extremely intelligent to tackle this subject in this way and she did a very good job of recreating events and conversations showing how theories evolved over time. It is a fascinating and thought provoking subject and her presentation of the background leading up to current beliefs and theories is a far superior way of helping people to understand compared with just telling them what those currents theories are. It does take an effort to read this book but that is no fault of the author but of the subject matter. Inevitably the book will have you doing some serious thinking about what the heck is going on in the world around us and why.

Jun 08, 2014

Long-winded. Discusses the characteristics of scientists, their intercommunication, probably some diary entries, their rivalries and, in brief, their work. Despite a renewal, I could only get about half-way through the book.

May 26, 2012

Fascinating read. "Humanizes" the exotic world of quantum physics by breathing life into the characters and events leading to the evolution and understanding of some of the most exotic aspects of Quantum theory....! Does a great job of explaining quantum physics in layman terms.

Dec 06, 2011

Louisa Gilder does a remarkable job of making sense of "spooky' action at a distance. There is also a remarkable video online of her explaining her book.

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