How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 27, 2011 - Science - 416 pages
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“Meticulously researched and unapologetically romantic, How the Hippies Saved Physics makes the history of science fun again.”—Science

In 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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Contents

Chapter1 ShutUpandCalculate
1
Spooky Actions at a Distance
25
Chapter3 Entanglements
43
Chapter4 FromΨtoPsi
65
Chapter5 NewPatronsNewForums
97
Spreading and Selling the Word
121
Zen and the Art of Textbook Publishing
149
Chapter8 Fringe?
167
The Roads from Berkeley
237
Coda Ideas and Institutions in the Quantum Revival
263
Acknowledgments
283
Notes
285
Interviews
325
Bibliography
327
Index
361
Copyright

From FLASH to Quantum Encryption
195

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About the author (2011)

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.

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