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Quantum physics is notable for its brazen defiance of common sense. (Think of Schrödinger's Cat, famously both dead and alive.) An especially rigorous form of quantum contradiction occurs in experiments with entangled particles. Our common assumption is that objects have properties whether or not anyone is observing them, and the measurement of one can't affect the other. Quantum entanglement rejects this assumption, offering impeccable reasoning and irrefutable evidence of the opposite. Is quantum entanglement mystical, or just mystifying? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Jed Brody equips listeners to decide for themselves. He explains how our commonsense assumptions impose constraints-from which entangled particles break free.

Brody explores such concepts as local realism, Bell's inequality, polarization, time dilation, and special relativity. He introduces listeners to imaginary physicists Alice and Bob and their photon analyses; points out that it's easier to reject falsehood than establish the truth; and reports that some physicists explain entanglement by arguing that we live in a cross-section of a higher-dimensional reality. He also examines a variety of viewpoints held by physicists, including quantum decoherence, Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation, genuine fortuitousness, and QBism.

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  • 03-05-2020

gappy and devoid of rigor

The approach taken in this book (reading functions, formulas, scenarios, and their variations) utterly fails in audio book setting. Worse, even in text format, the analysis is weak, gappy, and incomplete, relying on loose and wholly inaccurate language to make conclusory assertions instead of making any rigorous efforts to persuade on substantive merits. Finally, the core effort of the book to explain and analyze the tension between local realism and certain experimental results is surprisingly shallow and, simply put, falls flat. I was very disappointed.

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  • 16-07-2020

Inappropriate for audio book

Reading out formulae and tables makes it very difficult to follow for me I’m afraid .

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