16 November 2008
Louisa Gilder, one-time contributor to this blog, has just published her first book! It is entitled The Age of Entanglement: How Quantum Physics Was Reborn, and is available here. Louisa is not only a childhood friend, writing partner, and brilliant Christian conversationalist, she's also a fantastic writer. I have just ordered the book, so haven't read the final version, but I did have the privilege of reading a draft years ago. That version was much longer, and included an embedded dramatic work, since excised, that I hope she'll publish as an independent work someday. The Age of Entanglement is a lively, delightful romp through the minds, ideas, and lives of several noted physicists, especially John Bell, and their work on entanglement--what Einstein called "spooky action-at-a-distance." The book is perhaps most aptly called the biography of an idea, and imaginatively recreates conversations to bring the physicists and their concept to life. I'll have to post again after reading it!