Book ID: CBB858107777

The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality (2017)

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Halpern, Paul (Author)


Basic Books


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 336 pages
Language: English

The story of the unlikely friendship between the two physicists who fundamentally recast the notion of time and historyIn 1939, Richard Feynman, a brilliant graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. A lifelong friendship and enormously productive collaboration was born, despite sharp differences in personality. The soft-spoken Wheeler, though conservative in appearance, was a raging nonconformist full of wild ideas about the universe. The boisterous Feynman was a cautious physicist who believed only what could be tested. Yet they were complementary spirits. Their collaboration led to a complete rethinking of the nature of time and reality. It enabled Feynman to show how quantum reality is a combination of alternative, contradictory possibilities, and inspired Wheeler to develop his landmark concept of wormholes, portals to the future and past. Together, Feynman and Wheeler made sure that quantum physics would never be the same again.

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Review Christian Forstner (2019) Review of "The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 197-198). unapi

Review Christian Forstner (2019) Review of "The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 197-198). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kaiser, David Isaac
Brown, James Robert
Bernstein, Jeremy
Derbes, David
Aronson, Jerrold L.
Goodstein, Judith R.
Journals
Perspectives on Science
Physics in Perspective
European Physical Journal H
American Journal of Physics
Dialectica: International Review of Philosophy of Knowledge
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Publishers
Springer
Princeton University Press
Warner Books
Basic Books
University of Chicago Press
GNT-Verlag
Concepts
Physics
Quantum mechanics
Visual representation; visual communication
Biographies
Feynman diagrams
Diagrams
People
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Wheeler, John Archibald
Bell, John Stewart
Besso, Michele Angelo
Kamerlingh Onnes, Heike
Bohm, David Joseph
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
Places
United States
Institutions
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
University of Chicago
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