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

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

by David Kaiser

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How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival by David Kaiser

"Meticulously researched and unapologetically romantic, How the Hippies Saved Physics makes the history of science fun again." —ScienceIn 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780393342314
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 347,509
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Kaiser is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of Physics. He lives near Boston.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 "Shut Up and Calculate" 1

Chapter 2 "Spooky Actions at a Distance" 25

Chapter 3 Entanglements 43

Chapter 4 From Ψ to Psi 65

Chapter 5 New Patrons, New Forums 97

Chapter 6 Spreading (and Selling) the Word 121

Chapter 7 Zen and the Art of Textbook Publishing 149

Chapter 8 Fringe?! 167

Chapter 9 From FLASH to Quantum Encryption 195

Chapter 10 The Roads from Berkeley 237

Ideas and Institutions in the Quantum Revival 263

Acknowledgments 283

Notes 285

Interviews 325

Bibliography 327

Index 361

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How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This explains why physics became so much abstract dreamstuff that is only demonstrable if one indugles in very unscientific practices. And it explains why, after graduating from college, I became an engineer.