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The Resource How the hippies saved physics : science, counterculture, and the quantum revival, David Kaiser

How the hippies saved physics : science, counterculture, and the quantum revival, David Kaiser

Label
How the hippies saved physics : science, counterculture, and the quantum revival
Title
How the hippies saved physics
Title remainder
science, counterculture, and the quantum revival
Statement of responsibility
David Kaiser
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Describes how a quirky band of misfit science students at Berkeley in the 1970s altered the course of modern physics while studying quantum theory alongside Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading while lounging in hot tubs and dabbling with LSD. Today, quantum information theory is among the most exciting scientific frontiers, attracting billions of dollars in funding and thousands of talented researchers. But as the author, a MIT physicist and historian reveals, this cutting-edge field has a surprisingly psychedelic past. This book introduces us to a band of freewheeling physicists who defied the imperative to "shut up and calculate" and helped to rejuvenate modern physics. For physicists, the 1970s were a time of stagnation. Jobs became scarce, and conformity was encouraged, sometimes stifling exploration of the mysteries of the physical world. Dissatisfied, underemployed, and eternally curious, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to throw off the constraints of the physics mainstream and explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the "Fundamental Fysiks Group, " they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics. They studied quantum entanglement and Bell's Theorem through the lens of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind-reading, discussing the latest research while lounging in hot tubs. Some even dabbled with LSD to enhance their creativity. Unlikely as it may seem, these iconoclasts spun modern physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory. A story that illuminates the relationship between creativity and scientific progress, this work takes us to a time when only the unlikeliest heroes could break the science world out of its rut
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kaiser, David
Dewey number
530.092/279467
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC15
LC item number
.K26 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Physicists
  • Quantum theory
  • Counterculture
  • Fundamental Fysiks Group (Berkeley, Calif.)
  • Fundamental Fysiks Group (Berkeley, Calif.)
  • Quantum theory
  • Counter culture
Label
How the hippies saved physics : science, counterculture, and the quantum revival, David Kaiser
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Shut up and calculate" -- "Spooky actions at a distance" -- Entanglements -- From psi (Greek letter) to Psi -- New patrons, new forums -- Spreading (and selling) the word -- Zen and the art of textbook publishing -- Fringe?! -- From F L A S H to quantum encryption -- The roads from Berkeley -- Ideas and institutions in the quantum revival
Control code
1302458
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxvi, 372 pages
Isbn
9780393076363
Lccn
2010053415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40019561769
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1302458
  • (OCoLC)668194856
Label
How the hippies saved physics : science, counterculture, and the quantum revival, David Kaiser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Shut up and calculate" -- "Spooky actions at a distance" -- Entanglements -- From psi (Greek letter) to Psi -- New patrons, new forums -- Spreading (and selling) the word -- Zen and the art of textbook publishing -- Fringe?! -- From F L A S H to quantum encryption -- The roads from Berkeley -- Ideas and institutions in the quantum revival
Control code
1302458
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxvi, 372 pages
Isbn
9780393076363
Lccn
2010053415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40019561769
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1302458
  • (OCoLC)668194856

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