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A Daring New Vision Of Quantum Theory From One Of The Leading Minds Of Contemporary PhysicsQuantum Physics Is The Golden Child Of Modern Science It Is The Basis Of Our Understanding Of Atoms, Radiation, And So Much Else, From Elementary Particles And Basic Forces To The Behavior Of Materials But For A Century It Has Also Been The Problem Child Of Science It Has Been Plagued By Intense Disagreements Between Its Inventors, Strange Paradoxes, And Implications That Seem Like The Stuff Of Fantasy Whether It S Schrdinger S Cat A Creature That Is Simultaneously Dead And Alive Or A Belief That The World Does Not Exist Independently Of Our Observations Of It, Quantum Theory Challenges Our Fundamental Assumptions About Reality In Einstein S Unfinished Revolution, Theoretical Physicist Lee Smolin Provocatively Argues That The Problems Which Have Bedeviled Quantum Physics Since Its Inception Are Unsolved And Unsolvable, For The Simple Reason That The Theory Is Incomplete There Is To Quantum Physics, Waiting To Be Discovered Our Task If We Are To Have Simple Answers To Our Simple Questions About The Universe We Live In Must Be To Go Beyond Quantum Mechanics To A Description Of The World On An Atomic Scale That Makes Sense In This Vibrant And Accessible Book, Smolin Takes Us On A Journey Through The Basics Of Quantum Physics, Introducing The Stories Of The Experiments And Figures That Have Transformed Our Understanding Of The Universe, Before Wrestling With The Puzzles And Conundrums That The Quantum World Presents Along The Way, He Illuminates The Existing Theories That Might Solve These Problems, Guiding Us Towards A Vision Of The Quantum That Embraces Common Sense Realism If We Are To Have Any Hope Of Completing The Revolution That Einstein Began Nearly A Century Ago, We Must Go Beyond Quantum Mechanics To Find A Theory That Will Give Us A Complete Description Of Nature In Einstein S Unfinished Revolution, Lee Smolin Brings Us A Step Closer To Resolving One Of The Greatest Scientific Controversies Of Our Age

5 thoughts on “Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum

  1. Jordi Martinez Subias Jordi Martinez Subias says:

    I have been reading the books of Lee Smolin for years, and the experience is always illuminating He is capable of talking to the curious, though not scientist, reader in a way that make complex ideas comprehensible.It is often tough to read books from scientists because they are easy lost into their language, mathematics, and their poor communication skills Smolin is apart from those, because he is genuely speaking as you would to your partner about a topic you know but he or she does not This seems easy but it is very unusual among science writers.Differently of other books from the author, which were focused on the Universe at its larger scales, this one is dedicated to the quantum conundrums But Smolin is able to find and share with the reader the incomprehensible wonder of nature as plain as it is marvellous, without being magical.

  2. m raymer m raymer says:

    Lee Smolin is one of the most fun quantum theorists to read He is among a handful of popular writers who have done important research in quantum theory and quantum gravity such as it is He doesn t write books just to write a book, but aims to move the bleeding and I mean bleeding edge of physics theory forward in a way that brings the general reader along too That is a true feat From my point of view as a quantum physicist and sometime popular book author who doesn t work in quantum gravity, I always find his books educational and extremely thought provoking.The new book is a surprisingly personal exposition of Smolin s lifelong attempts to find a key to unifying quantum theory and gravity general relativity , a task Einstein famously failed at Smolin concludes that both of these theories need to be thrown out while keeping their main messages intact and an entirely new theory found He tells us his deepest ideas about how to do that It borders on a natural philosophy of the world, but from a very abstract point of view.Smolin explains clearly why he and everyone else has failed so far, and tries very hard and sincerely to point to a set of basic principles of nature which may or may not be true , which may or may not provide a basis for a new theory.A weakness is that he describes the choice of realist anti realist viewpoints too simply He seems to say that anyone who doesn t accept that physics is nonlocal must be an anti realist and must think the world doesn t exist until someone looks at it But that is only one way to view the implications of experimental violations of Bell inequalities, which forces us to accept that the combination of locality, realism and free will ability to choose independently which quantities will be measured can t exist There are than two ways to unpack that conclusion all of them murky.A brave, elegant, and thought provoking book for the lay reader, and the lay scientist.

  3. Paul J. Werbos Paul J. Werbos says:

    This book begins by arguing clearly and passionately that science has lost touch with reality, in the most literal sense, and hat we need to do better But it reminds me of debates going on in Silicon Valley, where people realize that their past way of doing business is becoming ever less viable not to mention Terminator threats but end up funding innumerate salesmen of principles for a people centered internet and folks who would paint happy faces representing love on the hard metal hulls of killer drones The problem part is real, but where is the solution How could we mobilize a bit better to really address this issue of reality, in reality It may be that Smolin and tHooft are the best hope we now have for allowing that to be possible The Financial Times review of the book was exciting to me But could it be that physics has simply become too complex to allow real fundamental progress, given the growing issues in political environments and cultures all over the world at the same time Smolin hints that his call to action is important to saving science itself in the face of those issues He tries VERY hard to explain the issues the issues without any equations It was somewhat amusing to me where he tried to explain a kind of Bell state, two entangled photons, as a Lesbian couple which is committed to disagreeing about absolutely everything He then weaves a great story about where the Einstein Bohr debate comes from, but makes it a bit too interesting, in my view, when he attacks some people Von Neumann and Wheeler especially in a way which overstates the case How can he call Wheeler anti realist, when he is a kind of author of the Everett Wheeler theory of physics The book does discuss that theory later on, and gets into the nitty gritty later on In fact, the book does get around to mentioning a number of important issues which people need to know about What should we actually DO to get back to viable realistic theories in physics For awhile, he seems to say that the later ideas of Bohm already give a workable solution able to predict everything, but the words made me a bit skeptical If the branching pilot waves are just a backdoor approach to reinventing Everett and Wheeler, what kind of magical particles could make Bohm 2 any better It made me look to google scholar, where I found just one paper by Bohm that might make it clear Bohm, D J., well, I was one of those once, but it seems to be a necessary yet insufficient condition That reminds me of how he also attacks Spengler at one point, accusing him of causing chaos Has he ever read the Decline of the West Spengler might discourage us from rediscovering reality, by giving up on the present state of civilization than by giving up on the reality it is losing touch with.

  4. Brian Brian says:

    I think I m the target for this book I enjoyed physics in college, and have read about 8 books on quantum gravity I felt the author glossed over loop quantum gravity without really ever saying why he thought the bloom was off the rose Also I was puzzled by the assertion that either time or space was fundamental, and the other emergent Why couldn t they both emerge from some other undiscovered process That s what I thought this book was going to be about In the end I got the feeling we are much further away from quantum gravity than I thought Maybe not in my lifetime.

  5. Christopher Marlowe Christopher Marlowe says:

    Alas, regardless of all the glowing reviews, I suspect the average reader will probably, like me, find this book as obscure and arcane as the majority of other pop quantum physics books around Try as he might to explain Bell s Theorem and all the successive competing attempts to relate the worlds of Relativity and Quantum physics in plain English substituting a possibly politically correct Anna and Beth for the time worn Alice and Bob Smolin simply doesn t cut it He tries hard, but one comes away with very little enlightenment Reluctantly I come to the conclusion that quantum physics belongs entirely in the realm of advanced mathematics, and if you are math blind like me, you will never understand it.