How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser audiobook

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

By David Kaiser
Read by Sean Runnette

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780393076363

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781441789822

  • ISBN: 9781441789815

  • ISBN: 9781441789860

Runtime: 12.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The surprising story of eccentric young scientists who stood up to convention—and changed the face of modern physics

In the 1970s, amid severe cutbacks in physics funding, a small group of underemployed physicists in Berkeley decided to throw off the constraints of academia and explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the “Fundamental Fysiks Group,” they pursued a freewheeling, speculative approach to physics. Some dabbled with LSD while conducting experiments. They studied quantum theory alongside Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading, discussing the latest developments while lounging in hot tubs. Unlikely as it may seem, this quirky band of misfits altered the course of modern physics, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory. Their work on Bell’s theorem and quantum entanglement helped pave the way for today’s advances in quantum information science.

A lively and entertaining Cinderella story, How the Hippies Saved Physics takes us to a time when only the unlikeliest heroes could break the science world out of its rut.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating history not only of science but also the counter culture and New Age Movement...Inspiring…A great book.” San Francisco Book Review
“Exhaustively and carefully researched. [Kaiser] has uncovered a wealth of revealing detail about the physicists involved, making for a very lively tale…Fascinating.” American Scientist
“Science has never been more unpredictable—or more entertaining!” Booklist (starred review)
“An enthusiastic account of a coterie of physicists who, during the 1970s, embraced New Age fads and sometimes went on to make dramatic discoveries…Readers will enjoy this entertaining chronicle of colorful young scientists whose sweeping curiosity turned up no hard evidence for psychic phenomena but led to new ways of looking into the equally bizarre quantum world.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“How the Hippies Saved Physics takes readers on a mind-bending trip to the far horizons of science—a place where the counterculture’s search for a New Age of consciousness opened the door to a new era in physics. Who knew that the discipline that brought us the atom bomb had also glimpsed utopia? Amazing.” Fred Turner, author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture

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Author

Author Bio: David Kaiser

Author Bio: David Kaiser

David Kaiser is an associate professor at MIT, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and in the Department of Physics. He completed PhDs in physics and the history of science at Harvard University. He is the author of the award-winning book Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics. His research has received awards from the American Physical Society, the History of Science Society, the British Society for the History of Science, and MIT, and he has also received several teaching awards from Harvard and MIT. He and his family live in Natick, Massachusetts.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 12.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English