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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Zeilinger, as an eminent Austrian physicist, is a living successor of Boltzmann, Pauli, and Schrödinger. Here he explains the phenomenon of quantum entanglement with surprising lucidity, largely ... Read full review

DANCE OF THE PHOTONS: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

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A complex but ultimately rewarding exploration of the weird world of quantum physics, which describes the behavior of atomic and subatomic particles.For example, light moves in both waves and ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
SPACE TRAVEL
SHEEPDOGS AND EINSTEINS PARTICLES
EINSTEIN AND HIS NOBEL PRIZE
UNCERTAINTY
THE QUANTUM VERDICT AGAINST
ALICE AND BOB IN THE QUANTUM
A LECTURE
ALICE BOB AND THE SPEED OF LIGHT
IN THE TYROLEAN MOUNTAINS
THE QUANTUM LOTTERY
QUANTUM MONEYTHE END TO
ATOMIC SOURCES OF ENTANGLEMENT
THE SUPERSOURCE AND CLOSING
THE MULTIPHOTON SURPRISE AND ALONG
FURTHER EXPERIMENTS

EARLY EXPERIMENTS
ALICE AND BOB DISCOVER TWINS
JOHNS INTRODUCTION OF EINSTEIN
JOHNS STORY ON LOCAL HIDDEN
ALICE AND BOB FIND OUT THAT THINGS
THE FUTURE OF QUANTUM
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND SOME OPEN
APPENDIX ENTANGLEMENTA QUANTUM
GLOSSARY
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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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