January 1, 2002
Quantum theory is the strangest field in all science. It deals with the laws of nature that govern the realm of the very small. Entering this strange new world is as baffling and bizarre as Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. In quantum theory, nothing makes sense from our everyday experience of life on earth. An uncertainty principle reigns, where nothing can be known with precision, only as a haze of probability and chance.
But the most perplexing phenomenon of all is the effect called “entanglement.” Two particles are mysteriously linked together. Whatever happens to one of them immediately causes a change in the other one, whether it is two a millimetres away or on the other side of the universe. How is this possible? And what are the implications for our understanding of the universe and the arcane laws that govern its darkest recesses?
This groundbreaking book is an introduction to this bizarre phenomenon and the weird world of the quantum. In 20 chapters, bestselling writer Amir D. Aczel follows the lives of the scientists who developed the theory, from Galileo and Newton through Bohr and John Bell, a quiet, freckled Scot whose groundbreaking work proved that Einstein was wrong – God really does play dice with the universe.
Amir D. Aczel’s father was a ship’s captain and Amir grew up on a passenger ship in the Mediterranean. He earned his master of sciences degree in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He is a professor at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. Among other books, he is the author of The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity; God’s Equation: Einstein, Relativity and the Expanding Universe; Fermat’s Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem; and The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention that Changed the World. His work has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Turkish, Hebrew, and Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish and Finnish.