Saturday, September 29, 2012

Top 10 books about quantum theory

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. His books include How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival.

For the Guardian, Kaiser named his top ten books on quantum theory. One title on the list:
The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics was Reborn, by Louisa Gilder (2008)

Some of the most provocative features of quantum theory emerged much more recently. The notion of quantum entanglement — which Einstein had dubbed, dismissively, as "spooky action at a distance" — came into its own over the past 50 years. Gilder provides a creative rendering of the newer material with a series of portraits based on physicists' published writings, unpublished correspondence and interviews. Her account blends popular science writing with historical detective work and narrative flair.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue