
The Quantum Labyrinth
 How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality
 Narrated by: Brian Troxell
 Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
 Unabridged Audiobook
 Release date: 101717
 Language: English
 Publisher: Hachette Audio
Regular price: $29.65
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Publisher's Summary
The story of the unlikely friendship between the two physicists who fundamentally recast the notion of time and history
In 1939, Richard Feynman, a brilliant graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. A lifelong friendship and enormously productive collaboration was born, despite sharp differences in personality. The softspoken Wheeler, though conservative in appearance, was a raging nonconformist full of wild ideas about the universe. The boisterous Feynman was a cautious physicist who believed only what could be tested. Yet they were complementary spirits.
Their collaboration led to a complete rethinking of the nature of time and reality. It enabled Feynman to show how quantum reality is a combination of alternative, contradictory possibilities and inspired Wheeler to develop his landmark concept of wormholes, portals to the future and past. Together, Feynman and Wheeler made sure that quantum physics would never be the same again.
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 Philomath
 101917
A biography of two mad geniuses
This is a book about John Wheeler and his apprentice and equally extraordinary physicist Richard Feynman. I story of friendship, escapades, and truly world changing discoveries in physics that span over half a century.
Always a Richard Feynman fan for his extravagance and crazy ideas, little did I know that his mentor John Archibald Wheeler was the crazy one when it came to ideas. His students mentioned throughout the book list a who's who in the particle physics world.
Although this book focuses on the two. It is a snippet of history post Niels Bohr, and Albert Einstein and the discovery of the quantum world. The new comers can be considered the second generation of particle physicists and the discovery of QED, the relevance of the Arrow of Time, the theories they developed trying to understand particle physics beyond the observable, and the barriers to the unknown.
The is mostly a story of people, not maths and equations, something I always liked. I'm sure books will continue to be written about them for a long time to go. Extraordinary people that where only human, enjoyable especially for a non scientist.
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 Brooklyn
 120217
Neither Fish Nor Fowl
This disappointing work has an odd premise, that simultaneous biographies of an important physicist (Wheeler) and his even more important graduate student (Feynman), whose professional lives largely diverged after their relatively brief collaboration, would provide an effective framework for telling the story of 20th century physics. The result falls flat, at least for me. It is neither a convincing biography of Wheeler or Feynman alone, nor a terribly interesting account of their relationship (which seems not to have been of paramount importance for either man). Neither is it an effective account of the relevant developments in physics, which has been told better by a number of other authors. If there is a labyrinth here, it is the one the author got stuck in writing this book.
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 Jsunn
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good if you're really interested in the topic.
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 J. Beukes
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Physics through history.
This was a great account of both the development of physics during the 1900's, but also the environment it happened in. The author masterfully described complex phenomena through storytelling and often assisted the listeners understanding by intertwining the struggles the scientists went through. This is by no means a primer on Physics, but a sweet spot for the recreational physicist.
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 Compulsive Reader
 062118
great discussion and explanation of QED' s history
This is an appreciative history of Feynman and Wheeler's development of Quantum ElectroDynamics and other topics.
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 Miguel Negron
 031018
excellent historic overview
A historic overview some times cements our interest in subjects. The insight given surrounding these magnificent men of science is inspiring. Although I have an interest in physics this book makes me want to match the drive they had.
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 Shayne C Brown
 022218
Fantastical journey through space, time. Loved it!
An amazing biographical retelling of two highly influential figures in physics of the last century. True to the subjects, Halpern's book meanders through various possible stories (though, not ALL possibilities!) and settles into the best possible path, bringing the characters to life for those of us not fortunate enough to have met them.
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 Hugo Langshur
 021718
Hugo L.
A wonderful history of the most spectacular aspects of modern physics. An excellent survey for the interested layman, enlivened by anecdotal pictures of Wheeler and Feynman. Very well read  I found it useful to change the recital speech to 0.75 on occasion.
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 Ninja
 Jaragua do Sul
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An emocional history of modern physics
This is simply amazing. All physicists and nonphysicists will be delighted to know modern physics started to born in the hand of such wonderful people like Feynman, Wheeler and Einstein.
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 George Reid
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 012418
One of the best quantum mechanics history stories
The biography of the two physists is a solid backbone on which to hold the story of quantum mechanics for the last 75 years. It was a very enjoyable listen. The lives were fun to learn about in the context of the scientific developments they were involved in. The science itself was explained very competently.