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Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics (A Serious Comic on Entanglement)

by Jeffrey Bub and Tanya Bub Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
06/2018
ISBN:
9780691176956
Format:
Pbk 272 pages
Price:
AU$49.99 NZ$52.17
Product Status: Available in Approx 7 days
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An eccentric comic about the central mystery of quantum mechanics




Totally Random is a comic for the serious reader who wants to really understand the central mystery of quantum mechanics--entanglement: what it is, what it means, and what you can do with it.




Measure two entangled particles separately, and the outcomes are totally random. But compare the outcomes, and the particles seem as if they are instantaneously influencing each other at a distance'even if they are light-years apart. This, in a nutshell, is entanglement, and if it seems weird, then this book is for you. Totally Random is a graphic experiential narrative that unpacks the deep and insidious significance of the curious correlation between entangled particles to deliver a gut-feel glimpse of a world that is not what it seems. See for yourself how entanglement has led some of the greatest thinkers of our time to talk about crazy-sounding stuff like faster-than-light signaling, many worlds, and cats that are both dead and alive. Find out why it remains one of science's most paradigm-shaking discoveries. Join Niels Bohr's therapy session with the likes of Einstein, Schrface="Times New Roman">+¦dinger, and other luminaries and let go of your commonsense notion of how the world works. Use your new understanding of entanglement to do the seemingly impossible, like beat the odds in the quantum casino, or quantum encrypt a message to evade the Sphinx's all-seeing eye. But look out, or you might just get teleported back to the beginning of the book!




A fresh and subversive look at our quantum world with some seriously funny stuff, Totally Random delivers a real understanding of entanglement that will completely change the way you think about the nature of physical reality.






"What a delight! Totally Random explores some of the strangest features of quantum theory--and introduces some of the most important new devices that exploit quantum weirdness--in a way that is accessible, smart, and funny. An entanglement page-turner!"--David Kaiser, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics




"A highly original approach to a very serious and difficult subject."--Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva




"This book actually explains rather than just reports the key feature of quantum mechanics to a general audience. There is really nothing that compares to Totally Random."--Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
Tanya Bub is founder of 48th Ave Productions, a web development company. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Jeffrey Bub is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, where he is also a fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. His books include Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates. He lives in Washington, DC.