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

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Today, quantum information theory is among the most exciting scientific frontiers, attracting billions of dollars in funding and thousands of talented researchers. But as MIT physicist and historian David Kaiser reveals, this cutting-edge field has a surprisingly psychedelic past. How the Hippies Saved Physics introduces us to a band of freewheeling physicists who defied the imperative to shut up and calculate and helped to rejuvenate modern physics.

For physicists, the 1970s were a time of stagnation. Jobs became scarce, and conformity was encouraged, sometimes stifling exploration of the mysteries of the physical world. Dissatisfied, underemployed, and eternally curious, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to throw off the constraints of the physics mainstream and explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the Fundamental Fysiks Group, they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics. They studied quantum entanglement and Bell's Theorem through the lens of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind-reading, discussing the latest research while lounging in hot tubs. Some even dabbled with LSD to enhance their creativity.

Unlikely as it may seem, these iconoclasts spun modern physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory. A lively, entertaining story that illuminates the relationship between creativity and scientific progress, 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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"Meticulously researched and unapologetically romantic, How the Hippies Saved Physics makes the history of science fun again." Science

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"It's rare to find quantum physics mentioned in the same breath with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll....I heartily enjoyed How the Hippies Saved Physics." Wall Street Journal

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"It is hard to write a book about quantum mechanics that is at once intellectually serious and a page-turner. But David Kaiser succeeds....Illuminating." Nature

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"[Kaiser] does an admirable job of making the very concepts of quantum mechanics palpable." Christian Science Monitor

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"An entertaining tale." Philadelphia Inquirer

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In the 1970s, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the "Fundamental Fysiks Group," they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics, studying quantum entanglement in terms of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading. As David Kaiser reveals, these unlikely heroes spun modern physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory.

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David Kaiser is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of Physics. He lives near Boston.

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Michael Barton, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Barton)
What do spoon-bender Uri Geller, coed hot tubs on the California coast, the CIA’s interest in Russian parapsychology, Richard Feynman and the book The Dancing Wu Li Masters all have in common? That’s easy: hippie physicists! David Kaiser’s seriously documented history of science book How the Hippies Saved Physics details the at-first surprising notion that some physicists working on quantum information theory in the 1960s and 70s were also devoted followers of “psi” phenomena: telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, remote viewing and much more. They were also interested in the similarities between their scientific work and Eastern religions and mysticism. It was quantum entanglement and Bell’s theorem describing non-locality (“action at a distance”) that convinced many members of the fringe Fundamental Fysiks Group in Berkeley that they were on to something. Despite their efforts in psi research amounting to mostly speculation, Kaiser does well to write seriously about what some may consider pseudoscience. The validity of the science is not of concern here, but rather the academic and cultural context of the New Physics movement, one that stressed theoretical work over pragmatic, post-WWII “number crunching”. These counterculture physicists refused, as a common moniker of the time demanded, “to shut up and calculate”.

This review was originally done for The Portland Book Review.
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Miss Twist, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Miss Twist)
A fascinating look at the young group of starry-eyed physicists who fought for the bigger questions in quantum theory and not only won, but changed the way the world is viewed forever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393342314
Subtitle:
Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival
Author:
Kaiser, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Physics-Quantum Mechanics
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , "Meticulously researched and unapologetically romantic, How the Hippies Saved Physics makes the history of science fun again."
"Review" by , "It's rare to find quantum physics mentioned in the same breath with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll....I heartily enjoyed How the Hippies Saved Physics."
"Review" by , "It is hard to write a book about quantum mechanics that is at once intellectually serious and a page-turner. But David Kaiser succeeds....Illuminating."
"Review" by , "[Kaiser] does an admirable job of making the very concepts of quantum mechanics palpable."
"Review" by , "An entertaining tale."
"Synopsis" by , In the 1970s, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the "Fundamental Fysiks Group," they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics, studying quantum entanglement in terms of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading. As David Kaiser reveals, these unlikely heroes spun modern physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory.
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