• by Amir D. Aczel
  • Narrated by Henry Leyva
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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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
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- Kenneth

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.
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- Kenneth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio