The Quantum Labyrinth

The Quantum Labyrinth

How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality

Book - 2017 | First Edition.
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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 soft-spoken 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.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2017.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780465097586
Branch Call Number: 530.12 Hal
Characteristics: ix, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 26, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by a current professor of physics, which chronicles the lives and ideas of two of the late 20th century's greatest theoretical physicists and their many brilliant colleagues, as they explore various bold new ideas on how to explain the increasingly complex world of particles and forces. The writing is engaging. There is no math here, but plenty of character development and a good sprinkling of "physics for the layman" with just enough depth to interest the scientist and illustrate the sometimes-chaotic path that scientific discovery takes.

Jan 12, 2018

Interesting story of the major twentieth century figures of quantum physics along with their various theoretical attempts.

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