The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality

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Einstein. Dirac. Bohr. Maxwell. Faraday. These are the names of scientific giants, men who dedicated themselves to unraveling the deepest mysteries of space, time, reality, and matter itself. But in the vast pantheon of scientific minds who have made staggering contributions to quantum physics and other complex fields, there were two mavericks who were as influential as they were unusual, and their stories are thoroughly intertwined.

The Quantum Labyrinth endeavors to not only untangle the lives and accomplishments of those two mavericks — John Wheeler and Richard Feynman — but the entire field of quantum physics itself.

From college campuses to the secret labs dedicated to creating the first atomic bomb, this story really shows the camaraderie of science at the time, as students and teachers contributed ideas that could turn the world of science on its head. Even as a student of history and physics myself, I was blown away at how much of this book took place in the halls of academia rather than think tanks, labs, and conferences.

The Quantum Labyrinth is not the easiest read, but it’s a very rewarding one, one that brings icons down to earth but lets their ideas soar.

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Author Paul Halpern
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Basic Books
Publish Date 2017-Oct-17
ISBN 9780465097586
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Issue April 2018
Category Science & Nature


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