Helgoland: Making Sense Of The Quantum Revolution
ISBN: 0593328884
EAN13: 9780593328880
Language: English
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.31" L x 4.81" W
Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator. This is the place where science comes to life. Neil Gaiman

Helgoland is Rovelli's most beautiful yet. Unforgettable. ―The London Times

A startling new look at quantum theory, from the New York Times bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and The Order of Time.

One of the world's most renowned theoretical physicists, Carlo Rovelli has entranced millions of readers with his singular perspective on the cosmos. In Helgoland, he examines the enduring enigma of quantum theory. The quantum world Rovelli describes is as beautiful as it is unnerving.

Helgoland is a treeless island in the North Sea where the twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg made the crucial breakthrough for the creation of quantum mechanics, setting off a century of scientific revolution. Full of alarming ideas (ghost waves, distant objects that seem to be magically connected, cats that appear both dead and alive), quantum physics has led to countless discoveries and technological advancements. Today our understanding of the world is based on this theory, yet it is still profoundly mysterious.

As scientists and philosophers continue to fiercely debate the meaning of the theory, Rovelli argues that its most unsettling contradictions Read More chevron_right

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   The Mystery Remains A Mystery
As a lay person I failed to grasp how the author's theory of relationships and the entanglement problem was relevant to this conundrum. The remaining mysteries remain unsolved, but one man's vision of reality could explain the double-split mystery. If so, I must have missed the entire solution. Or maybe he avoided, via rhetoric, an attempt to explain it. The fact that I have these questions should be a signal to others that they may well be left unsatisfied with a feeling of inadequacy, he said. In that regard, I would pay good money to read a critique by an equally prominent physicist of the author's view of entanglement. If anyone has any information, please provide it to us.
 
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   Brave new world view
Clear and convincing description of quantum mechanics. The discovery of quantum theory... is the discovery that all the properties of all objects are relational, just as in the case of speed. Physical variables do not describe the way in which tings manifest themselves to each other. The relationship between two objects is not something contained in one or the other of them, but rather, something more. The fact is, this is a very big deal." No Universal Set of Facts. The universe is only a small part of what is known as reality. The world is not continuous but granular, Raymond said. However, there is no infinite number of small things that can get infinitely smaller. It's just that the future is not determined by the present. Turner's book, "The Long Road Ahead," was also available in hardback.
 
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   Not on par with his other works but maybe worth the price
However, this research is modest compared with the interest in quantum theory itself. If you're more interested in philosophy, you can try your hand at it. Lately, I've been bored with the ramblings about Bogdanov, Lenin, Mach and others. The book deals with relations, rather than entities. In the middle of the book, he adds, "There is a line that says, 'No, sir. It's just that fundamental to QFT, Robert. Wieneck said. It's just that I'm too naive. However, the history of quantum theory raises some interesting questions. Some of the details about the interactions between Heisenberg, Pauli, Schrodinger, and Dirac that are probably worth the price of the book if you're not familiar with that. Yes, I was not, and would buy it again just for that.
 
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   Read Wikipedia articles instead.
I absolutely learned nothing I didn't already know from reading this book, apart from maybe some small historical trivia, Morgenthau said. Just pick up the book and you'll learn more in a few hours. Not surprisingly, he also provides some internet links to his book. Because he knows how superficial this book ended up, he feels like he was more selling a kid's book rather than a science book.
 
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   Rambling nonsense
It's a short book, but it could have been a quarter-length, he said. Nobody else understands it either, but we can all just say that.
 
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   Top Notch
I'm a huge fan of Rovelli's work, and this is by far his best work. There are three sections: (1) The introductory text, (2) The scientific and technological sections. The last third is the gem, where he combines the metaphysical and philosophical.
 
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