The quantum labyrinth: how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality

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The story of the unlikely friendship between the two physicists who fundamentally recast the notion of time and history In 1939, Richard Feynman, a brilliant graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. A lifelong friendship and enormously productive collaboration was born, despite sharp differences in personality. The soft-spoken Wheeler, though conservative in appearance, was a raging nonconformist full of wild ideas about the universe. The boisterous Feynman was a cautious physicist who believed only what could be tested. Yet they were complementary spirits. Their collaboration led to a complete rethinking of the nature of time and reality. It enabled Feynman to show how quantum reality is a combination of alternative, contradictory possibilities, and inspired Wheeler to develop his landmark concept of wormholes, portals to the future and past. Together, Feynman and Wheeler made sure that quantum physics would never be the same again.
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Full title quantum labyrinth how richard feynman and john wheeler revolutionized time and reality
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Feynman, Richard P. -- (Richard Phillips), -- 1918-1988, Quantum theory, Reality, Space and time, Time, Wheeler, John Archibald, -- 1911-2008
title_display The quantum labyrinth : how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality
title_full The quantum labyrinth : how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality / by Paul Halpern, PhD, The quantum labyrinth [playaway] : how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality / Paul Halpern
title_short The quantum labyrinth :
title_sub how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality
topic_facet Feynman, Richard P, Quantum theory, Reality, Space and time, Time, Wheeler, John Archibald