The Quantum Labyrinth

The Quantum Labyrinth

How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality

Book - 2017
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"In Fall 1939, Richard Feynman, a brash and brilliant recent graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. The prim and proper Wheeler timed their interaction with a watch placed on the table. Feynman caught on, and for the next meeting brought his own cheap watch, set it on the table next to Wheeler's, and also began timing the chat. The two had a hearty laugh and a lifelong friendship was born. At first glance, they would seem an unlikely pair. Feynman was rough on the exterior, spoke in a working class Queens accent, and loved playing bongo drums, picking up hitchhikers, and exploring out-of-the way places. Wheeler was a family man, spoke softly and politely, dressed in suits, and had the manners of a minister. Yet intellectually, their roles were reversed. Wheeler was a raging nonconformist, full of wild ideas about space, time, and the universe. Feynman was very cautious in his research, wanting to prove and confirm everything himself. Yet when Feynman saw merit in one of Wheeler's crazy ideas and found that it matched experimental data, their joint efforts paid off phenomenally"--
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., [2017]
ISBN: 9780465097586
Branch Call Number: 530.12 HAL 2017
Characteristics: 311 pages : illustrations


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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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