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Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

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Einstein's steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as "spooky action at a distance" the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each other's properties—a hypothetical phenomenon his fellow theorist Erwin ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2003)
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Paul Guthrie
Dec 07, 2010 Paul Guthrie rated it really liked it
Trying to understand the deeper philosophical implications of quantum physics was pretty daunting back when I was a physics student. To try to write a book that explains just that for a lay reader is pretty ambitious, but Zeilinger almost pulls it off.

I say "almost" because he still sounds like a physics professor, and a lot of the book is about the details of physics experiments that will be kind of hard to follow for those with no previous exposure. On the other hand he succeeds in explaining
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Scott Lupo
Nov 12, 2014 Scott Lupo rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Quantum physics, specifically quantum entanglement, is an intriguing concept that is not easy to grasp for even the most erudite science lover. And yet the more I read about it and the more experiments that are completed, the more fascinating it becomes. Anton Zeilinger does his best to explain quantum entanglement via photons of light by expounding on numerous experiments and some storytelling. It's a complicated subject so the author takes small steps towards building the knowledge base to und ...more
Dan Falk
Mar 22, 2014 Dan Falk rated it really liked it
“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory, physicist Niels Bohr once said, “has not understood it.” Today, more than a century after Max Planck and Albert Einstein made the first contributions to the quantum framework at the start of the 20th century, the theory is as perplexing as ever. If anything, the latest laboratory investigations have only served to highlight just how strange the quantum world is – and no one is better qualified to describe this “quantum weirdness” than Anton Zeilinger ...more
Todd
Mar 14, 2011 Todd rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
This book was substantially enlightening and yet amazingly frustrating at the same time. Zeilinger begins simply enough with the standard story of Alice and Bob (the physicists' personification of observer A and B), but he turns them into curious undergraduates. They are the medium through which the reader discovers the quantum world after being given an experimental opportunity by their physics professor and his postdoctoral student. The ground is covered and recovered, sometimes providing usef ...more
Josh
Jul 05, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some intriguing ideas, but the somewhat introductory information needed to understand the theory and its history is presented in a narrative format which drags on for four hours. The narrative format detracts from the actual content and I often felt annoyed, wishing I could tell the author to forget about Alice twirling her hair and just get to the point. After five and a half hours, when different experiments and possible applications of the theory were finally discussed the book did get more i ...more
Cara
Jul 03, 2013 Cara rated it did not like it
It's not easy to write a book on quantum entanglement, and I know that. I didn't really expect to come away from this book an expert on the subject, and that would be ok. But my God, this book... it's just terrible. I mean a real piece of crap.

The first half of the book follows two characters, Alice and Bob, performing a quantum entanglement experiment for Professor Quantinger. I think the author thought he was following in the footsteps of George Gamow, who wrote a fantastic series of books fo
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Antonio Fanelli
May 31, 2016 Antonio Fanelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anton Zeilinger, probabilmente uno dei prossimi premi Nobel per la Fisica, spiega in termini semplici due dei più controintuitivi e misteriosi fenomeni della meccanica quantistica: l'entanglement e la sovrapposizione degli stati quantistici.
Spark740
Dec 23, 2014 Spark740 rated it really liked it
An excellent resource on a conceptual introduction to quantum physics. Although the chapters were pleasantly short, some seemed to go off topic. For the most part, the explanations are easy to understand and well-presented, but at times the 'story' seems to bumble around a bit before getting to the point.
Nevertheless, I cannot find a better introduction to the fascinating world of quantum physics for those who don't want their view occluded by mathematics and instead want an experimental approac
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Gendou
Feb 12, 2011 Gendou rated it really liked it
Inaccurate and misleading analogies given in place of the real science.
There is a long and uncomfortably childish fiction story about 2 students who are doing a quantum mechanical experiment.
This part of the book slow and painfully condescending to the reader...

The second half of the book is much better: the fiction pretense is dropped, and Zeilinger talks about his own work with sets of 3 and 4 entangled particles, entanglement swapping, etc. Very interesting and sometimes spooky stuff, especia
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Gary
Jun 06, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
"Now I understand the science of Entanglement"

Delves into the science of entanglement and the most important theorem you've probably never heard of, Bells Theorem. Spooky action at a distance is real and does exist. He tells a good story and explains the science wonderfully. Slightly prefer this over "How the Hippies Saved Physics" only because this book talks more about the science and the other book has more about the personalities. I recommend both, but if you prefer the science over personal
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Kevin Driskill
Jun 23, 2014 Kevin Driskill rated it liked it
Shelves: physics
The concept is fascinating and seems to be a great break-through, but I didn't care for the presentation style. I feel that the conclusion is simple enough to have been stated in a very few words, yet the book is filled with trials and speculations that I suppose were meant to lend credence to the findings. It seemed quite a bit of fluff to me, but (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain) this could be a very big deal.
Joshua Taylor
Sep 10, 2011 Joshua Taylor rated it liked it
While this book is in my wheelhouse in terms of subject matter, it is necessarily confusing (does anyone really understand quantum mechanics?). Also, it is written without a really coherent structure. There are no chapters, just relatively short sections that veer from exposition to dramatic scenes in a way that can be a bit jarring. Interesting and thought-provoking, but a bit "off" somehow.
Gypsy Novela
very illustrative narration with good explanations of particles and forces of energy most of us don't know to exist. a little of the continuation of Einstein hypothetical space, so i give a lot of credit there where this author ventures into 3 great frontiers that you as a reader perhaps can challenge or discover personally. though scholastically wordy was a very smooth read.
D.L. Morrese
Dec 19, 2013 D.L. Morrese rated it really liked it
This is a kind of 'Quantum Mechanics for Dummies' book. It's still confusing, and even though the author made every attempt to explain the subject as simply as possible, it remains so counter-intuitive I was less than enlightened at the end. That may be more due to my limitations than that of the book, though.
G
Jan 09, 2015 G rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
I liked Zeilinger's approach to the quantum mechanics. Reading this book requires fundamental knowledge, and those lacking will have to warm up their brains. But, if enough persistent, with some effort the entire concept will unfold under the powerful entertaining style Mr. Zeilinger is using.
mcRebe
Dec 07, 2012 mcRebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anfangs spannend und durch die Erzählung (Alice&Bob) schön aufgelockert und verständlich. Im Mittelteil und zum Ende hin doch ziemlich trocken und sich thematisch nicht fortbewegend. Für Einsteiger weniger geeignet
Dave
Jan 06, 2012 Dave rated it liked it
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[audiobook via audible.com] . . . a great synopsis of quantum physics, with a particular focus on the promising possibility of quantum teleportation and how that might be applied to quantum computing.
Devero
Jul 28, 2013 Devero rated it liked it
Lo stato di fatto sull'entanglement quantistico e sul teletrasporto quantistico. Decisamente interessante, ma anche decisamente complesso da seguire e da comprendere.
Brendan  McAuliffe
Dec 21, 2010 Brendan McAuliffe rated it liked it
I used to walk around with a beam splitter mirror ( about the size of a quarter ) in my pocket all the time when I was ten ~
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