The Age of Entanglement

The Age of Entanglement

When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
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 a distance.” In that same year, Erwin Schrödinger christened this spooky correlation “entanglement.” Yet its existence wasn’t firmly established until 1964, in a groundbreaking paper by the Irish physicist John Bell. What happened during those years and what has happened since to refine the understanding of this phenomenon is the fascinating story told here.

We move from a coffee shop in Zurich, where Einstein and Max von Laue discuss the madness of quantum theory, to a bar in Brazil, as David Bohm and Richard Feynman chat over cervejas. We travel to the campuses of American universities—from J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Berkeley to the Princeton of Einstein and Bohm to Bell’s Stanford sabbatical—and we visit centers of European physics: Copenhagen, home to Bohr’s famous institute, and Munich, where Werner Heisenberg and Wolfgang Pauli picnic on cheese and heady discussions of electron orbits.

Drawing on the papers, letters, and memoirs of the twentieth century’s greatest physicists, Louisa Gilder both humanizes and dramatizes the story by employing their own words in imagined face-to-face dialogues. Here are Bohr and Einstein clashing, and Heisenberg and Pauli deciding which mysteries to pursue. We see Schrödinger and Louis de Broglie pave the way for Bell, whose work is here given a long-overdue revisiting. And with his characteristic matter-of-fact eloquence, Richard Feynman challenges his contemporaries to make something of this entanglement.

Baker & Taylor
A study of one of the fundamental concept of quantum physics examines the strange correlation between two separated particles, entitled "entanglement" by physicist John Bell, drawing on the work of leading physicists to explain the phenomenon.

Book News
Author Gilder provides an unusual treatment of a complex topic--quantum physics--by exploring how the passions and personalities of the physicists themselves affected the development of this field of study. The author presents the human aspect of the story by using the physicists own words in imaginary face-to-face dialogues. The varied list of luminaries cited in the book include Bohr, Einstein, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, and Feynman. The result is a readable, conversational book. Most but not all of the illustrations are by the author. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Illuminating one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics, a detailed study examines the strange correlation between two separated particles, entitled "entanglement" by physicist John Bell, drawing on the work of the twentieth century's leading physicists to explain the phenomenon, the history of its study, and its implications. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
ISBN: 9781400044177
Characteristics: xvi, 443 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 18, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book. The author has done a great job of providing insight into how eminent physicists made progress towards a better understanding of the world around us.
The author must be extremely intelligent to tackle this subject in this way and she did a very good job of recreating events and conversations showing how theories evolved over time. It is a fascinating and thought provoking subject and her presentation of the background leading up to current beliefs and theories is a far superior way of helping people to understand compared with just telling them what those currents theories are. It does take an effort to read this book but that is no fault of the author but of the subject matter. Inevitably the book will have you doing some serious thinking about what the heck is going on in the world around us and why.

Jun 08, 2014

Long-winded. Discusses the characteristics of scientists, their intercommunication, probably some diary entries, their rivalries and, in brief, their work. Despite a renewal, I could only get about half-way through the book.

May 26, 2012

Fascinating read. "Humanizes" the exotic world of quantum physics by breathing life into the characters and events leading to the evolution and understanding of some of the most exotic aspects of Quantum theory....! Does a great job of explaining quantum physics in layman terms.

Dec 06, 2011

Louisa Gilder does a remarkable job of making sense of "spooky' action at a distance. There is also a remarkable video online of her explaining her book.


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