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Thursday, February 19, 2009

"The Age of Entanglement"

Don't know when I'll find time to sit down myself and read the 400+ pages of "The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn" by Louisa Gilder (here and here), but feel like I shouldn't delay any longer citing it on this blog.

The book (8+ years in the writing) has been receiving generally excellent reviews around the bookworld; especially excellent for a first-time author; especially for a first-time author tackling a difficult subject (quantum theory); and ESPECIALLY for a young (20-something) first-time author, tackling a difficult subject and trying to make it interesting, lively, and comprehensible for a lay audience. All of which she seems to accomplish, turning what is often treated as strictly a technical or scientific story into very much a human story through the creative use of a conversational mode. If you've shied away from the quantum theory book genre before, this might be the volume to entice you in.

Washington Post review of the book is here.

And an interview with Louisa Gilder here (in text form).

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