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# The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

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A brilliantly original and richly illuminating exploration of entanglement, the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles—one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics.

In 1935, in what would become the most cited of all of his papers, Albert Einstein showed that quantum mechanics predicted such a correlation, which he dubbed “spooky action at ...more

In 1935, in what would become the most cited of all of his papers, Albert Einstein showed that quantum mechanics predicted such a correlation, which he dubbed “spooky action at ...more

Hardcover, 464 pages

Published
November 11th 2008
by Knopf
(first published 2008)

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"We have always said so glibly," Heisenberg told his frustration, or the trees, or Bohr, or Einstein, ...more

“This quantum question is so uncommonly important and difficult that it should concern everyone.”

-- Albert Einstein, 1908.

The concepts of quantum mechanics have fascinated me for a great many years. I’ve read dozens of books on the subject but am no closer to grasping the concepts underlying a mystery that perplexed Einstein himself until the day he died.

Einstein spent his entire life wrestling with the issues raised ...more

"The wave function ψ described an electron in in three dimensions: perfect. But it described aNonsense was the prevailing point of view at the time, which wa ...morepairof electrons as asinglewave in six dimensions: nonsense."

- Albert Einstein

Even after reading this book, I don't understand quantum physics - but that wasn't the author's purpose. She focused on the history of the research and the relationships between the scientists. This book isn't for everyone. You don't have to know a lot of math or physics, but I can't imagine you would enjoy this book without a significant math and physics background. In case you aren't going to read i ...more

That being said, I didn't like that the science was often skipped. When it wasn't, I thought it was con ...more

The book takes an unusual approach of recounting the history by letting all the main actors speak. The dialogs between Rutherford, Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, Pauli etc etc have been derived from letters, biographies and other sources.

The idea is great to tell this story through the words of the main players. However, the way Louisa has done is VERY uneven.

The first half recounts the early story and ends roughly in the 50's around the time when Ei ...more

Dec 01, 2008
George Gilder
rated it
it was amazing

Recommends it for:
anyone interested in science and technology

Early last century, Einstein and Bohr, the two grand masters of quantum theory, debated its meaning. Einstein declared, based on the clear implications of quantum mathematics, that quantum effects were non local, entailing "spooky action at a distance," correlations at faster than the speed of light, and thus he challenged the completeness and coherence of quantum theory. Bohr responded by citing the correspondence principle, which says that at larger scales quantum phenomena assimilate to class
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This is one of the most exciting periods of physics history, fundamentally forcing scientists to question all previous notions of mechanics, and to ...more

La historia del "Entanglement" es posiblemente igual de importante que el concepto por si mismo y como los cientificos mas brillantes de nuestra época tuvieron tanto problema aceptando que es un fenómeno que sucede, pero no sabemos por que y lo que es peor, pone en entredicho uno de los conceptos clave de la relatividad ya que se "demuestra" que algo viaja más rápido que la luz.

Los con ...more

I didn't like the reconstructed historical conversations of the early players in quantum mechanics (too often it felt like a cut-and-paste substitute for analysis or explanation by the author). Towards the end, when Gilder relied more on her own interviews with scientists, the book became much, much stronger. The second half of the book proves that Gilder can be an excellent science writer.

This book would have been better if the author had c ...more

PS: When a cousin visited earlier this summer, I waxed eloquent on ...more

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