The quantum labyrinth : how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality
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New York : Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., [2017].
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ix, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Crofton Library - Nonfiction
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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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"In Fall 1939, Richard Feynman, a brash and brilliant recent graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. The prim and proper Wheeler timed their interaction with a watch placed on the table. Feynman caught on, and for the next meeting brought his own cheap watch, set it on the table next to Wheeler's, and also began timing the chat. The two had a hearty laugh and a lifelong friendship was born. At first glance, they would seem an unlikely pair. Feynman was rough on the exterior, spoke in a working class Queens accent, and loved playing bongo drums, picking up hitchhikers, and exploring out-of-the way places. Wheeler was a family man, spoke softly and politely, dressed in suits, and had the manners of a minister. Yet intellectually, their roles were reversed. Wheeler was a raging nonconformist, full of wild ideas about space, time, and the universe. Feynman was very cautious in his research, wanting to prove and confirm everything himself. Yet when Feynman saw merit in one of Wheeler's crazy ideas and found that it matched experimental data, their joint efforts paid off phenomenally"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Halpern, P. (2017). The quantum labyrinth: how Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality. New York: Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Halpern, Paul, 1961-. 2017. The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality. New York: Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Halpern, Paul, 1961-, The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality. New York: Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Halpern, Paul. The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality. New York: Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc, 2017. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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