- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (Nov. 10 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400095263
- ISBN-13: 978-1400095261
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn Paperback – Nov 10 2009
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“Captivating. . . . A movingly human and surprisingly accessible picture of the unveiling of the quantum universe. . . . Admirably lucid.” —Chicago Tribune
“A sparkling, original book. . . . Gilder brings the reader into a mix of ideas and personalities handled with a verve reminiscent of Jeremy Berstein’s scientific portraits in The New Yorker. . . . What had been for generations a story of theoretical malcontents now intrigues spooks and start-ups. All this radiates from Louisa Gilder’s story. Quantum physics lives.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Highly entertaining. . . . Hard to put down. . . . Grippingly readable. . . . Gilder is a fine storyteller who brings to life one of the great scientific adventures of our time.” —American Scientist
“[A] fascinating yarn. . . . For anyone who wants to understand the human angle of modern physics and separate quirks from quarks, this is your book.” —The Providence Journal (A Best Book of 2008)
“A witty, charming, and accurate account of the history of that bugaboo of physics–quantum entanglement . . . There are many books out there on the history or foundations of quantum mechanics. Some are more technical, others more historical, but none take the unique approach that Gilder has–to focus on the quantum weirdness of entanglement itself as her book’s unifying them and to present it in an inviting and accessible way . . . Delightful.” —Science
“Astonishing. . . . The courage and even audacity of a nonscientist to investigate the evolution of ideas about the most esoteric aspects of quantum physics are truly remarkable. . . . Gilder is a phenomenal writer.” —Charleston Post & Courier
“A welcome addition to the genre. . . . [Gilder’s] book really shines . . . [She] proves that the neglected last fifty years of quantum mechanics is . . . full of brilliant, quirky personalities and mind-bending discoveries. . . . She is a very compelling writer, and she clearly understands what makes science exciting and science history interesting.” —ScientificBlogging.com
“The clearest and most intriguing history of the manner in which the scientific method continues to advance knowledge. An amazing story.” —Sacramento News & Review
“A delightfully unconventional history. . . . Especially enjoyable are the portraits of the less famous physicists . . . Gilder has done her homework.” —Nature
“[Gilder] displays an ability to capture a personality in a few words.” —The Washington Post
“An admirable, unexpected book, historically sound and seamlessly constructed, that transports those of us who do not understand quantum mechanics into the lives and thoughts of those who did.” —George Dyson, author of Darwin Among the Machines
“Louisa Gilder disentangles the story of entanglement with such narrative panache, such poetic verve and such metaphorical precision that for a moment I almost thought I understood quantum mechanics.” —Matt Ridley, author of Genome
About the Author
Louisa Gilder was born in Tyringham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2000. This is her first book.See all Product description
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It brings the story alive with the description of all the characters involved. Bohr an intellectual bully. I have met some.
You cannot win an argument with them.
I am more impressed with John Bell's contribution now. A great mind.
I don't feel bad now not totally understanding the subject after 25 years of reading..
I recently mystically received the idea that Quantum Physics is an expression of the great Cosmic Mind.
Inviting us into a great romance!
"Seek and you shall find"
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I have 2 copies.....one for home, and one to read in the checkout line, or
when waiting for my wife at Michael's craft store, etc. Works great!
I bought it because it was recommended at the Physics Forums (Quantum Mechanics),
to help understand Entanglement at a distance.
But it's been much more than that to give me a sense of the history and evolution of
Quantum theory, and the great minds that discovered the field.
I will need to read it several times at least.
John Bell (1928-1990), a remarkable scientist who spent most of his career at CERN. He is best known for the theorem that has been a thorn in the side of quantum mechanics since its publication in 1964. In considering the famous Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox, Bell came up with a theorem, stating in effect:
Some quantum mechanical predictions (EPR correlations) cannot be mimicked by any local realistic model in the spirit of Einstein's ideas.
In a 1978 survey J.F.Clauser and Abner Shimony had summed up the consequences of the theorem:
The theorem has thus inspired various experiments, most of which have yielded results in excellent agreement with quantum mechanics, but in disagreement with the family of local realistic theories. Consequently, it can now be asserted with reasonable confidence that either the thesis of realism or that of locality must be abandoned. Either choice will drastically change our concepts of reality and of space-time.
Belle's Theorem showed that it was experimentally possible to distinguish between the opposing positions of Bohr (advocate of quantum mechanics) and Einstein (advocate of hidden variables theory). Any local hidden variables theory would lead to results that would satisfy Bell's inequality. Hence, results that violated the inequality would conclusively rule out the hidden variables theory of the sort described by Einstein.
Kurt Gottfried and N. David Mermin state that "Bell has had the greatest impact on the interpretation of quantum mechanics of anyone since the 1920s"; few would argue that this is not true. Bell's challenges to quantum mechanics have bedevilled physicists for over three decades now -- and have also led to much fruitful inquiry and a wide array of experimental approaches to testing Bell's Theorem and its inequalities.
One of the curious things about Bell's theorem was that, when he came up with it in the 1960s, there was no experimental data to go with it -- the situations Bell discussed had simply not yet been investigated. Part of the fun, then, was in designing experiments to test situations "where quantum mechanics predicts a conflict with Bell's inequalities".
Louisa Gilder tells this story in a clear and fascinating way.
There is a related story in United State that a bunch of physicists collectively made contribution in building atomic bomb at the Los Alamos, New Mexico, during WWII. One can find some names who were involved in this Entanglement. The story of the interacting among the nine physicists is very nicely depited in the book 'Pandora's Keeper' by Mark Vandemark published in 2005. I imagine they can be nice companions. I am mostly owed by the effort of their research and we readers owe the writers. CW Kang