The God Effect

The God Effect

Quantum Entanglement, Science's Strangest Phenomenon

Paperback - 2009
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The phenomenon that Einstein thought too spooky and strange to be true

What is entanglement? It's a connection between quantum particles, the building blocks of the universe. Once two particles are entangled, a change to one of them is reflected--- instantly--- in the other, be they in the same lab or light-years apart. So counterintuitive is this phenomenon and its implications that Einstein himself called it "spooky" and thought that it would lead to the downfall of quantum theory. Yet scientists have since discovered that quantum entanglement, the "God Effect," was one of Einstein's few---and perhaps one of his greatest---mistakes.

What does it mean ? The possibilities offered by a fuller understanding of the nature of entanglement read like something out of science fiction: communications devices that could span the stars, codes that cannot be broken, computers that dwarf today's machines in speed and power, teleportation, and more.

In The God Effect , veteran science writer Brian Clegg has written an exceptionally readable and fascinating (and equation-free) account of entanglement, its history, and its application. Fans of Brian Greene and Amir Aczel and those interested in the marvelous possibilities coming down the quantum physics road will find much to marvel, illuminate, and delight.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009, c2006.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9780312555306
031255530X
Characteristics: x, 269 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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Corey G Brooks Jan 29, 2015

"The National Geographic is Pro- American, by fundamentalism. Even More this book is authored by a man who lives in Brittain, yet the thing's he say are true are said to be in theory, by the National geographic in their book, 'The Big Idea'." However, it is unproggresive for it to be considered still in theory, because Brain Clegg said we use it, as it is in the form of television, beams, etc.! If the only challenge to this being found to be a [reality] is that Brian Clegg is a citizen of the UK then it is no longer a challenge, because For Pres. Bush proclaimed in '04, at the State of Union address, that "Great Brittain is are greatest friend in the world. (I don't appreciate it as much as Anglo- Saxxon American, because I am black and aware of what has been thought of my ethnicity)." Time for change!"

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louarnold
Jun 08, 2014

Describes some aspects of quantum theory including entanglement, as well as the applications of entanglement. Makes some good points - the currently taught orbital model of the atom was known to be wrong in 1913. However, the author detours frequently and far more deeply than needed into associated topics, such as MANY aspects cryptography, over and above the reason that entanglement is useful for cryptography. Beyond that is non-technical.

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