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Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physicsby Amir D. Aczel
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Since cyberspace became reality, the lines between "science" and "science fiction" have become increasingly blurred. Now, quantum mechanics promises that some of humanity's wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working from Einstein's theories, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of our strange universe. According to Einstein, quantum mechanics required entanglement — the idea that subatomic particles could become linked, and that a change to one such particle would instantly be reflected in its counterpart, even if separated by a universe. Einstein felt that if quantum theory could produce such bizarre effects, then it had to be invalid. But new experiments show that not only does it happen, but that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation, perhaps in our lifetime.
"[A]n accessible entry into this concept of quantum physics." Publishers Weekly
"'Entanglement' is one of the more remarkable aspects of quantum mechanics, a field that has produced a number of counterintuitive phenomena....Einstein aptly referred to this phenomenon as 'spooky.' In recent decades, researchers have shown entanglement to be a physical fact, thereby vindicating quantum mechanics, spooky though it may be. Aczel (Fermat's Last Theorem) tells most of this story at a pace that is slow enough and understandable for lay readers, but the last few chapters are more technical." Library Journal
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Continuing his string of popular books on physics and mathematics, Aczel (Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts) explores the phenomenon by which changes in one subatomic particle causes an immediate change in another though it be billions of miles away. Even the very tolerant world of quantum physics does not permit such shenanigans, or at least cannot yet explain them.
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