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Helgoland : making sense of the quantum revolution / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell.

Rovelli, Carlo, 1956- (author.). Segre, Erica, (translator.). Carnell, Simon, 1962- (translator.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Moorhead Public Library 530.12 ROV (Text) 33500013407077 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593328880
  • ISBN: 0593328884
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First U.S. hardcover.
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Italian under the title Helgoland by Adelphi Edizioni, Milan in 2020"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"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, Rovelli 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 21-year-old Werner Heisenberg first developed quantum theory, 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 fiercly debate the theory's meaning, Rovelli argues that its most unsettling contradictions can be explained by seeing the world as fundamentally made of relationships, not substances. We and everything around us exist only in our interactions with one another. This bold idea suggests new directions for understanding the structure of reality and even the nature of consciousness. Rovelli makes learning about quantum mechanics an almost psychedelic experience. Shifting our perspective once again, he takes us on a riveting journey through the universe so we can better understand our place in it"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 April #1
    *Starred Review* On the windswept island of Helgoland, 340 kilometers from the Copenhagen labs where he had studied atomic physics with Niels Bohr, a 23-year-old Werner Heisenberg first formulated matrix mathematics, which exposed the "strangely beautiful interior" of subatomic quanta, so plunging the scientific community into utter perplexity. Rovelli invites readers to share both the beauty and the complexity. In particular, readers learn how Heisenberg's science compelled physicists to ask, Is it an observer who makes quantum events real? Rovelli's account ventures deep into the struggles of scientists and philosophers as they wrestle with that question, vexingly complicated by baffling later discoveries about quantum superposition, quantum indeterminacy, and quantum entanglement. Readers see just how desperate these wrestlings have become in the stunningly counterintuitive perspectives of Multi-World and Hidden-Variable quantum theories. In his wide-ranging inquiry—hinging improbably on an ancient Buddhist text—Rovelli finally reaches an understanding of quanta as an endless regression of relationships, mirrored images forever reflected in other mirrors. Some readers will resist Rovelli's relational interpretation of quantum mechanics as a reason for dismissing as metaphysical illusions both the immortal soul and the individual consciousness. But a very wide community of readers will thrill to this intellectually exhilarating dive into the profoundest scientific conundrums. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Quantum theory.
Quantum theory.

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