The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality

Basic Books, 17 oct. 2017 - 336 pages
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.

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There are two natural divisions in quantum mechanics. The first focused in Europe, from Planck through Einstein to Heisenberg. The second was in the United States, with European refugees working ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

INTRODUCTION A Revolution in Time
CHAPTER ONE Wheelers Watch
CHAPTER TWO The Only Particle in the Universe
CHAPTER All the Roads Not to Paradise
CHAPTER The Hidden Paths of Ghosts
Mapping the Particle
CHAPTER SIX Life as an Amoeba in the Foamy Sea of Possibilities
CHAPTER SEVEN Times Arrow and the Mysterious Mr X
CHAPTER EIGHT Minds Machines and the Cosmos
CONCLUSION The Way of the Labyrinth
EPILOGUE Encounters with Wheeler

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À propos de l'auteur (2017)

Paul Halpern is a professor of physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and the author of fifteen popular science books, most recently Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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