Letting the rest of the world go by
A good historical survey of the early pioneers in quantum physics to "spooky action at a distance". I enjoyed this book but I had previously just read "Quantum" by Manjit Kumar who covers the early story slightly better. Later I ended up reading "How the Hippies Saved Physics" which covers the entanglement part better. The book is a good read especially if you haven't read the other two books.
It showes in Historical sequence,with a very readable narrative the essence of the subject.
that grandson of Schrodinger is follwing the path to meaning of quantum mechanics without being aware that schrodinger was related to him.
Age of entanglement
we have had age of inocence of Edith Wharton,Guilded age, but not anything like age of science.(we have had atomic age with a negative destructive conotation) especially anything that is refered to one its strange phenomenon that is completely counter intuitive.
THere are a lot of talks about philosophy that looks like another branch of Literature or in other words ,is nothing more than another aspect of words play ( e,g :Gramatology a la Derrida,Semiotics:a la Umberto Eco,or an ecclectic post modern ,mombo jombo ,that necessarily has nothing to do with objective reality, so the job of philosopher is not to interpret reality on the base of scientific method but interpret according to his take on a text,historical document or what he or she perceive as truth without any reference to scientific evidence.Entanglement and understanding it, is giving a jolt to world of ideas ,similar to Einstein Relativity that totally changed our concept of time and space . Artists in the dawn of 20th century start to utilize different concept of time and space ,that seemed weierd and new, in their works ( Picaso in painting,Joyce in novel ,Schoenberg in music,...etc)I am not aware of anybody in realm literature ,painting and or music that is aware of profound implication that entanglement will have in our future scientific endeavors and how it will revolutionize our communications,vision and over all how we will deal with external world that is independent of our limited perceptional abilities.Michael Benhurimbenhu@aol.com
A very thorough history, almost moment by moment account of key figures in quantum mechanics, but, what it gains in story it loses in explanation. Light on laying out how quantum mechanics works. Depends on what you want out of it.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
In the mind of a three-year old, string can become tangled so string theory and The Age of Entanglement must have a relationship? Louisa Gilder does not include string theory in her book about entanglement but she suggests that matter and energy relate in ways that may make the butterfly effect a real as well as imagined truth.
Gilder cleverly delves into correspondence between physics legends like Einstein, Bohr, and later, John Bell and his contemporaries. Even though Bell is not Einstein’s and Bohr’s contemporary, Bell is a critical change agent in the ongoing argument begun by Einstein and Bohr about Quantum Theory. Bell changes quantum theory argument from a question of “if” to a question of “how” Quantum Theory is a valid construct of Physics.
Gilder reveals the humanness of the scientific community. She exposes the frustration and joy of discovery among scientists that think about the unknown and experiment with the unseen. The Age of Entanglement reveals the tensions that are created by strong beliefs and the utter devastation and human depression caused when beliefs are refuted by reproducible experiment.
Along the way Gilder explains entanglement; i.e. the idea that one minute quanta of existence affects other faraway elements of existence.
I am a math teacher in a vocational school. I want to become a physics teacher also. Self development, teaching and upbringing intrest me.
Of course - I have listened allmost all my books at least a couple of times. This is no exception. Plus I think I will understand it much better after listening some other books about quantum physics.
Mitchuku Kaiku: the physics of impossible talks about the same entanglement and maybe in a little bit easier way.
If you are not familiar with quantum physics this is not the best book to start with:
a) This not the most popularized book about this subject
b) one might appreciate Bell' s work more if one is familiar with EPR paradox....
I enjoyed the construct: Imagined (but well researched) conversations between leaders in quantum thought, presented as though you are in the room. Clearly, the intention is not to be literal in the reconstruction of an event -- the discussion being imagined -- but to insert you into the stream of thought at that time.
The book spends quite a bit of time moving from pre-quantum history and discussions, through the early Copenhagen discussions, Einstein/Bohr conflicts and discussions, the EPR paper, and then to Bell. I will listen to the book again -- probably a couple of times -- to make sure I follow where Bell's inequality comes from and how it has been advanced... I suspect the book does a fine job of explaining it, but it will take a listening or two...
The book also presents a great personal look at David Bohm and his somewhat sad departure from the US to Brazil and then the UK...
The audio was really good, the reader was great, and it was possible to just sit, enjoy and thinbk.
I plan to listen to this book many times. Personally, I find Quantum Mech to be so different from my experience of life I find like to review the material as many times as necessary to increase my grasp.
Audiobooks are very different from print where re-reading can be very difficult. If you listen you can really focus your attention
I do not know of another Science book that deals with the topic in this interpersonal, subjective fashion and this is the absolute core of the intersection of Physics and Philosophy.
I may try Amir Aczel's book as well
Walter Dixon is absolutely brilliant at this type of material and he is a preferred reader from my point of view. The implications of the theories arising in the development of Quantum Mechanics are so revolutionary they have the potential of overturning the outlook of our species as to what we see as the "real" World.
Right at the top may be the evolution of Quantum Computing
Quantum Mechanics can be expressed to a degree in language but the use is often unusual. Since terms like "complementarity" among many others are introduced during conversations between the originators as they developed their ideas over the years it is much easier to comprehend the sense in which these terms are utilized.
So much relies on the student achieving a suitable perspective from which to view the dimensions of reality described in such a fashion.
Then more technical approaches are somewhat easier to understand.
My first impression was that this was going to be a very difficult book to listen to due to the narrators lack of inflection. It does start to pick up story wise about half way through the book (1938 for those that have listened), but it will take a good deal of discipline and stamina to get there.
Wrench for good
I probably misinterpreted the information about the book, but I still disliked it. I didn't expect a biography, in short choppy sections of all of these people. I was hoping for a description of the evolution of quantum theory. I suppose one could say that this was in the book, but it was interrupted too often by the personal stories.
I'm not a physicist, but I get the sense that even if I did have the deeper understanding of physics, I'd bet that this book would still leave my head spinning. The problem, for me, was that the author really never wove a strong story throughout the progression of the interesting discoveries within the field of quantum physics. The book jumps around throughout history in a dizzying fashion and fails to center strongly on it's central figures, continuously deviating to the mundane details of each new physics scholar as they enter the spotlight throughout the years. The result is a disjointed telling of the story of "the quanta" and an extremely hard read since the book itself suffers so severely from a lack of focus. I would not recommend this title to anyone... I will say that the narrator Walter Dixon makes a valiant effort in telling this oddly woven tale, but alas, even his smooth and steady voice cannot save this gigantic run on sentence / A.D.D. ridden excuse for a book.