Spooky Action at a Distance
- The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time-and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything
- Narrated by: William Hughes
- Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-03-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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In Spooky Action at a Distance, George Musser sets out to answer that question, offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to understand it. Musser guides us on an epic journey of scientific discovery into the lives of experimental physicists observing particles acting in tandem, astronomers discovering galaxies that look statistically identical, and cosmologists hoping to unravel the paradoxes surrounding the big bang. Their conclusions challenge our understanding not only of space and time but of the origins of the universe - and their insights are spurring profound technological innovation and suggesting a new grand unified theory of physics.
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By Michael on 12-19-15
Rambling but Asks Good Questions
The author rambles quite a bit then, a little tentatively and vaguely, he asks important questions about the universe. He does very little actual explaining in this book, instead he asks scientists these questions and reports the responses. Some responses are understandable and relevant, many others are not. The finest aspect of this book is the good questions it asks:
What exactly is this Spooky Action at a Distance?
How does this work with Quantum Mechanics and Relativity?
How is it different from normal action that can transmit information?
What is local realism and does it really hold?
Is randomness fundamental or an aspect of non-locality?
Are Space and Time fundamental or just interpretations?
Are Continuums fundamental or just interpretations?
Unfortunately there are no answers to these questions in the book and the author seems to revel in the weirdness of modern physics instead of seeking simplicity that might transform the weirdness into the obvious.
I enjoyed this book for the questions, but I was frustrated by the presentation of tricky ideas without context or simplification, the lack of focus or structure, and the anything-goes attitude, where any theory is as good as any other, regardless of how weird it might be.
The narration is quite good keeping a very engaging tone and energy throughout.
72 of 82 people found this review helpful
By AJ Rothman on 12-31-15
Keeps you hooked, and I have ADHD. It's has slow parts of more known history than science if you already listen to similar books. But he keeps it interesting with broad topics. I thought it was a great book that was a surprise after many less interesting. Will listen too over and over I'm sure.
22 of 25 people found this review helpful