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review Spooky Action at a Distance ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Derstanding of not only space and time but also the origins of the universe and they suggest a new grand unified theory of physics Delightfully readable Spooky Action at a Distance is a mind bending voyage to the frontiers of modern physics that will change the way we think about realityLong listed for the 2016 PENE O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award“An important book that provides insight into key new developments in our understanding of the nature of space time and the universe It will repay careful study” John Gribbin The Wall Street Journal “An endlessly surprising foray into the current mother of physics' many knotty mysteries the solving of which may unveil the weirdness of uantum particles black holes and the essential unity of nature” Kirkus Reviews starred review. A consistent mindfuck I love science books that make me feel as if I m peering into the abyss There s no better nor darker abyss than uantum nonlocality and entanglement and how they suggest that space is emergent and not a fundamental building block of nature I hope one day we ll discover how to jump from point to point thanks to a mix of nonlocality and entanglement to avoid that whole travelling thing which makes the nearest star too far away However this is one abyss of which we might never be euipped to imagine our way out

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review Spooky Action at a Distance ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free What is space It isn't a uestion that most of us normally ask Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist where they move and take shape Yet over the past few decades physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time nonlocality the ability of two particles to act in harmony no matter how far apart they may be It appears to be almost magical Einstein grappled with this oddity and couldn't come to terms with it describing it as spooky action at a distance More recently the mystery has deepened as other forms of nonlocality have been uncovered This strange occurrence which has direct connections to black holes particle collisions and even the workings of gravity holds the potential to undermine our most basic understandings of physical. Well hm Not a book for novices in the subject matters of either uantum or Einsteinian physics although the author is uite good at not putting anything in math Reading some pop sci one can almost sense the pain of the scientist authors curtailing the euations at the demand of their editors they do like to show their work If you have been following it all closely than I have at a science fan level you might not feel as if you need to back up and read some firstThe book does not so much teach as report in this case on the then current circa 2014 as this was pubbed 2015 bleeding edge bun fight physics Here I was hoping physics was almost done but no Physicists don t want to put themselves out of work any than anyone else I guessAt six hefty chapters the book is not actually that long as almost half of the pages are taken up with footnotes references and an index speaking of showing one s work The author works hard at putting some pretty subtle stuff into graspable verbal metaphors which at a borderline where physics and philosophy begin to be hard to tell apart is pretty much what has to be done anyway I am NOT going to attempt to summarize it a recursive exercise since it s already just that Each grammatical and well constructed sentence made sense while I was reading it but I think I need to drop back and pick up some background on the uantum stuff before giving this another goI think I am becoming increasingly interested in time the elephant in the physics living room I d watched a good Great Course by Sean Carroll on the subject but that s a decade older now tooOnwardsLAlso strongly recced Devoted to Drew you have been following it all closely than I have at a science fan level Marriage by Deception you need to back up and read some firstThe book does not so much teach as report in this case on the then current circa 2014 as this was pubbed 2015 bleeding edge bun fight physics Here I was hoping physics was almost done but no Physicists don t want to put themselves out of work any than anyone else I guessAt six hefty chapters the book is not actually that long as almost half of the pages are taken up with footnotes references and an index speaking of showing one s work The author works hard at putting some pretty subtle stuff into graspable verbal metaphors which at a borderline where physics and philosophy begin to be hard to tell apart is pretty much what has to be done anyway I am NOT going to attempt to summarize it a recursive exercise since it s already just that Each grammatical and well constructed sentence made sense while I was reading it but I think I need to drop back and pick up some background on the uantum stuff before giving this another goI think I am becoming increasingly interested in time the elephant in the physics living room I d watched a good Great Course by Sean Carroll on the subject but that s a decade older now tooOnwardsLAlso strongly recced

George Musser ´ 5 review

review Spooky Action at a Distance ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Reality If space isn't what we thought it was then what is it In Spooky Action at a Distance George Musser sets out to answer that uestion offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to explain it Musser guides us on an epic journey into the lives of experimental physicists observing particles acting in tandem astronomers finding galaxies that look statistically identical and cosmologists hoping to unravel the paradoxes surrounding the big bang He traces the often contentious debates over nonlocality through major discoveries and disruptions of the twentieth century and shows how scientists faced with the same undisputed experimental evidence develop wildly different explanations for that evidence Their conclusions challenge our un. This is a book that really makes two distinct argumentsThe first is about science and it s basically the history of the idea of nonlocality Locality is the notion that well things exist in space Nonlocality is the opposite the idea that things don t necessarily need to exist in spatial relation to each other The most famous example of nonlocality is uantum entanglement but the idea is much older than uantum mechanics it was especially controversial around Newtonian gravity and today exists in many ways than just uantum entanglement So Musser s argument here is primarily that 1 nonlocality is a thing we have to grapple with and 2 a presentation of what such nonlocal physics might look likeI think the greatest success in the book is that he actually managed to make nonlocal physics make some kind of intuitive sense to me The way he did it was by pointing out the different way a social network might look if you compared 1 a typical person s Facebook friends vs 2 a military hierarchy In a military hierarchy the network is very very strictly controlled and has to follow a narrow set of rules that preclude for example a private and a 4 star general directly interacting Because each individual in the army has to report to one person you could if you so desired represent these relationships spatially So far so goodBut if you look at a typical social network most of the time if you attempt to map it out spatially you will fail This is because the strict constraints of the armed forces don t apply anyone can be friends with anyone and as a result trying to define a distance metric eg direct connection distance of 1 secondary connection distance of 2 and so on and then draw it out uickly results in impossible situationsIn other words nonlocality is not less than locality but it might be There are some relationships that can be represented spatially but there are many that cannotThe second argument is raised by the first if nonlocality is really a thing and Musser argues convincingly that it is how come we only hear about it as a kind of fringe special case How come the idea of nonlocality isn t generally known This ends up being a uestion about the social epistemology how groups of people handle knowledge And here Musser has arguments that are if anything even interesting and controversial than his take on uantum mechanics and nonlocalityHis first point which he makes early on is that the localitynonlocality dispute is an ideal case study for scientific disputes because unlike climate change there are no financial incentives ThusNo lobbyists from Exxon Mobil roam the halls The adversaries have no overt personal animosity many are friends The mathematics is fairly simple the experimental findings undisputed And still the debates drag on for generations Todays scholars rehearse arguments that go back to Einstein and those he sparred with in the 1920s and 30s Why is that And what are the rest of us to do when experts don t agreeThroughout the book Musser comes back to this theme again and again and makes several interesting points The first is the role of ordinary social considerations in science The social stories are not just a sideline to the science As an example he points out that most people have assumed Bohr won the BorhEinstein debates but that the real reason for this is simply that Einstein was a loner and Bohr had a large number of for lack of a better word disciples Since Bohr s disciples wrote most of the accounts of the dispute it s not surprising that Bohr comes out looking like a champion Only now after over a half century are historians going back to look at the actual debate and realizing that Einstein had a pointA second point has to do with what he calls magic vs mechanics He busts the myth that scientists are anti magic pointing out the important role magic has played in science from inspiring Newton to basically creating the experimental tradition He points out that science has always had two drives an attraction to mystery magic and a distaste for BS mechanics and that these two drives work in tandem He s another writer dispelling the hagiography of science perpetuated by the New Atheists and their ilk a blatant form of ideological propaganda masuerading as unbiased unvarnished reasonAlong the way he also brings up a third point which is epistemic humilityBy learning to live with your ignorance you re freeing yourself to make progress little by little You can try to fill in the explanation later and in the meantime you ve got some handy formulas that convince your mom you re doing something useful with your lifeHe also points out that we look to science for answers but scientists are driven by uestions and that science as a whole is best served by avoiding premature consensus and even says in the context of scientific debates that we need to be tolerant of intolerance by which he means that the debate only works when people act certain than they really are a kind of adversarial view of debate akin to the American criminal justice system This is a pretty useful pragmatic addendum to the usual line on epistemic humility which is that conviction plays a role even in the absence of justifiable certaintyI ll leave a final uote and then wrap upWhat breathes life into ideas at least in the short term is not whether they are right or wrong but whether they get other people thinking The success of any scientific or artistic creation is decided less by what it is than by what it provokes Truth is the judgment of posterity until then fertility matters I m giving the book 5 stars because Musser knocked it out of the park on both levels in terms of the scientific debates about locality and also in terms of the meta debates about scientific debates This is definitely a book well worth reading and I expect to be uoting from it a lot in coming years

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Spooky Action at a Distance
  • George Musser
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • 9780374298517