Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 12, 2010 - Science - 320 pages
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Einstein’s steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as “spooky action at a distance” the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each other’s properties—a hypothetical phenomenon his fellow theorist Erwin Schrödinger termed “quantum entanglement.” In a series of ingenious experiments conducted in various locations—from a dank sewage tunnel under the Danube River to the balmy air between a pair of mountain peaks in the Canary Islands—the author and his colleagues have demonstrated the reality of such entanglement using photons, or light quanta, created by laser beams. In principle the lessons learned may be applicable in other areas, including the eventual development of quantum computers.

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Review: Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

User Review  - Kevin Driskill - Goodreads

The concept is fascinating and seems to be a great break-through, but I didn't care for the presentation style. I feel that the conclusion is simple enough to have been stated in a very few words, yet ... Read full review

Review: Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

User Review  - Dan Falk - Goodreads

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory, physicist Niels Bohr once said, “has not understood it.” Today, more than a century after Max Planck and Albert Einstein made the first contributions to ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Anton Zeilinger is a professor of physics at the University of Vienna, where he heads the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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