How the Hippies Saved Physics Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival

ISBN-10: 039334231X
ISBN-13: 9780393342314
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Kaiser
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

In the 1970s, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the Fundamental Fysiks Group, they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics, studying quantum entanglement in terms of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading. As David Kaiser reveals, these unlikely heroes spun modern physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory.It’s rare to find quantum physics mentioned in the same breath with sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. . . . I heartily enjoyed How the Hippies Saved Physics.—Wall Street JournalIt is hard to write a book about quantum mechanics that is at once intellectually serious and a page-turner. But David Kaiser succeeds. . . . Illuminating.—Nature[Kaiser] does an admirable job of making the very concepts of quantum mechanics palpable.—Christian Science MonitorAn entertaining tale.—Philadelphia Inquirer

David Kaiser is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science, Department Head of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics at MIT. He is the author of Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of the Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics, and editor of Pedagogy and the Practice of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (MIT Press).

Introduction
"Shut Up and Calculate"
"Spooky Actions at a Distance"
Entanglements
From � to Psi
New Patrons, New Forums
Spreading (and Selling) the Word
Zen and the Art of Textbook Publishing
Fringe?!
From FLASH to Quantum Encryption
The Roads from Berkeley
Ideas and Institutions in the Quantum Revival
Acknowledgments
Notes
Interviews
Bibliography
Index

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