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Spooky action at a distance : the phenomenon that reimagines space and time-- and what it means for black holes, the big bang, and theories of everything / George Musser.

Author/Creator:
Musser, George, author.
Publication:
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Space and time -- Philosophy.
Relativity (Physics).
Summary:
"A tour of modern physics that provocatively examines growing understandings about the near-fantastical impact of particles to affect each other across the vastness of space,"--Amazon.com.
What is space? It isn't a question that most of us normally ask. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time: nonlocality--the ability of two particles to act in harmony no matter how far apart they may be. It appears to be almost magical. Einstein grappled with this oddity and couldn't come to terms with it, describing it as "spooky action at a distance." More recently, the mystery has deepened as other forms of nonlocality have been uncovered. This strange occurrence, which has direct connections to black holes, particle collisions, and even the workings of gravity, holds the potential to undermine our most basic understandings of physical reality. If space isn't what we thought it was, then what is it? Here, science journalist George Musser sets out to answer that question, offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to explain it. Musser guides us on a journey into the lives of experimental physicists observing particles acting in tandem, astronomers finding galaxies that look statistically identical, and cosmologists hoping to unravel the paradoxes surrounding the Big Bang. He traces the often contentious debates over nonlocality through major discoveries and disruptions of the twentieth century and shows how scientists faced with the same undisputed experimental evidence develop wildly different explanations for that evidence. Their conclusions challenge our understanding of not only space and time but also the origins of the universe--and they suggest a new grand unified theory of physics.--Adapted from book jacket.
Contents:
Introduction: Einstein's castle in the air
The many varieties of nonlocality
The origins of nonlocality
Einstein's locality
The great debate
Nonlocality and the unification of physics
Spacetime is doomed
Conclusion: The amplituhedron.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-273) and index.
ISBN:
9780374298517
0374298513
9780374713553
OCLC:
907494662