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Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics

The young field of quantum mechanics holds out the promise that some of humanity's wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working off of theories first developed by Einstein and his colleagues 70 years ago, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of the strange universe of quantum mechanics. New experiments suggest it does happen, and that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation...
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Publisher's Summary

Will "beam me up, Scotty" become reality? Quantum mechanics suggests it may...and soon.

Since cyberspace - a word coined by a science fiction writer - became reality, the lines between "science" and "science fiction" have become increasingly blurred. Now, the young field of quantum mechanics holds out the promise that some of humanity's wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working off of theories first developed by Einstein and his colleagues 70 years ago, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of the strange universe of quantum mechanics.

According to Einstein, quantum mechanics required entanglement - the idea that subatomic particles could become inextricably linked, and that a change to one such particle would instantly be reflected in its counterpart, even if a universe separated them. Einstein felt that if the quantum theory could produce such incredibly bizarre effects, then it had to be invalid. But new experiments both in the United States and Europe show not only that it does happen, but that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation...

Entanglement is also available in print from Four Walls Eight Windows.

Executive Producer: Jacob Bronstein
Producer: John Wager
Jacket design by Archie Ferguson
©2002 Amir D. Aczel
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.

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"Mathematician and science writer Amir D. Aczel has amused and edified readers with his clear explications of the profundities of numbers, especially those that led to enduring questions in mysticism and philosophy." (The New York Times)

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    "Fantastic storyline"
    Would you listen to Entanglement again? Why?

    Yes, already listened it twice


    What other book might you compare Entanglement to, and why?

    Quantum reality, because of the accessible and fascinating way the subject matter is offered.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bohr and Einstein's continuing arguments.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Easily could have


    Any additional comments?

    A very human and enlightening account of the developments leading to the discovery of the most intriguing phenomenon in the known universe.

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  • Kenneth
    Redmond, WA, USA
    12/07/03
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    "Quantum Physics + People = Good Stuff"

    Aczel presents not only the science, but also the scientists behind a rather daunting subject. He puts a face to go along with the names of the physicists giving an insight into the human side of quantum physics that (outside of Feynman's books) you rarely find.

    Some of the equations and experimental setups don't come across perfectly without the figures to go with them, but even with the hard (as well as occasionally difficult) science, the overall flow and tone of the book is still both enjoyable and accessible.

    If you like physics or science fiction, you should get this.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Kenneth
    Loomis, CA, USA
    02/01/04
    Overall
    "Audio Book is Not a Good Format for This Book"

    This is not a book that I was able to enjoy at all in audio-book format. I am not a scientist nor a mathematician, but I like to think that I am reasonably astute and have read quite a few books on science and math. But this is not the right format for this book. It is not easy to follow the numerous formulas, tables, and calculations read by the narrator and I was completely lost most of the time. I stayed with it to the end, but I wouldn't do it again for any reason. I have read a couple of other books by this author, and enjoyed them. But not this one

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor Burnham
    Cambridge, MA
    07/08/05
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    "Not Aczel's best"

    Aczel is normally a top-notch science writer, but here he falters, producing an only mildly interesting book that tries to explain elementary quantum mechanics. There are some interesting parts of this book, particularly the history of entanglement theory and the rivalry between Einstein and Pauli, two of the greatest physicists of the 20th century. However, when the book gets technical, it becomes difficult to impossible to understand, like most popular accounts of quantum mechanics. It similarly drags when current physicists talk about recent advances in quantum mechanics, as their explanations are often difficult to understand, usually relying on the previous explanations. There's also surprisingly little discussion of practical applications in computing, cryptography, and (despite the description) teleportation.

    I'd recommend Aczel's other book, especially God's Equations, but not this particular one. For a popular account of quantum mechanics, The Fabric of the Cosmos is a little better, though still far from ideal.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mac
    Logan , UT, USA
    22/09/03
    Overall
    "Great Book, if you can stand the narrator"

    I have to admit, the content and subject matter of this book is fascinating. However, the narrator makes it sounds like the cold reading cast calls for an infomercial host. I never thought I would get hung up on such an insignificant matter as intonation or cadence, but there is something so repetitively irritating and falsely enthusiastic about the way this book is read that I had to stop listening and buy the hardcopy. A good read, but a terrible listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Sarasota, FL, United States
    08/10/07
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    "entangled reader"

    I am a phd chemist and was hoping that this book would provide some insight into one of the most unusual consequences of modern physics - entanglement. However, the book spends way to much time in providing background material that is interesting if you are not al all familiar with the like of Einstein and Shrodinger but does not help in the understanding of entanglement.

    His examples are in two categories- too simple to be useful and too complex to be understood - there is little middle ground. I was very frustrated in reading this book as it moved from one extreme of my understanding tothe other. At the end, I don't know any more about entanglement than I did when I started.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Allentown, PA, USA
    16/02/04
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    "I LOVED THIS BOOK!"

    This is my favorite since Bill Bryson's "Short History of Almost Everything." If you loved that one you will love this one too!!! I look forward to listening to it again and again.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Asif
    Arlington, TX, USA
    27/06/05
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    "GREAT BOOK! But get a hard copy with it as well"

    If you know NOTHING about College physics, then move on. You will not enjoy it.This will stretch your imagination till it hurts! I enjoyed it so much that I bought the hardcover after going thru the audiobook. Frankly, I think you need the book to understand the idea in a greater depth. If you liked this book but felt the math was missing, I would recommend you also "read" 'The Odd Quantum"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Piotr
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    21/11/07
    Overall
    "Not as good as I hoped"

    I have an M.Sc. in astrophysics and took quantum mechanics courses at the university. No longer working in the field, I hoped to refresh my refresh my knowledge and reconnect with the intellectual challenge and adventure that those courses provided. Unfortunately, Aczel spends too much time listing which physicist read what paper, where he travelled and whom he spoke to (or otherwise got "entangled"). It gets boring after a while. Too little time is devoted to explaining ideas and their impact. After listening to the whole book, I don't feel like my understanding of quantum entanglement is any deeper than before. I can't compare to the author's other works, but it appears that he was lazy about this one: listing names, dates and meetings is easier than explaining esoteric and counter-intuitive ideas. Also, the narrator's misreading of the formulas (e.g. frequency pronounced as "v" instead of the Greek letter "nu") left an impression of sloppiness in production.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Orlando, FL, USA
    09/06/03
    Overall
    "Entertanglement"

    Good book, but one can get lost from time to time in the details and theories.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    01/04/07
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    "flawless"

    This is the best book I have ever read on quantum mechanics-it's history and one of it's most mysterious qualities. The narrator is flawless and a perfect choice for this type of book. The fact that his presentation was so clean and direct made the material easier to understand. Highly recommended for those who want to be informed and mystified.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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