How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival, David Kaiser
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How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival

Author: David Kaiser

Narrator: Sean Runnette

Unabridged: 12 hr 2 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 06/27/2011

Genre: Science - History

Synopsis

The surprising story of eccentric young scientists who stood up to conventionand changed the face of modern physics In the 1970s, amid severe cutbacks in physics funding, a small group of underemployed physicists in Berkeley decided to throw off the constraints of academia and explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the Fundamental Fysiks Group, they pursued a freewheeling, speculative approach to physics. Some dabbled with LSD while conducting experiments. They studied quantum theory alongside Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading, discussing the latest developments while lounging in hot tubs. Unlikely as it may seem, this quirky band of misfits altered the course of modern physics, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory. Their work on Bells theorem and quantum entanglement helped pave the way for todays advances in quantum information science. A lively and entertaining Cinderella story, How the Hippies Saved Physics takes us to a time when only the unlikeliest heroes could break the science world out of its rut.

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