The God Effect Quantum Entanglement, Science's Strangest Phenomenon

Brian Clegg

St. Martin's Griffin



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288 Pages



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The God Effect, by veteran science writer Brian Clegg, is an accessible and equation-free account of entanglement, its history, and its application. In scientific terms, entanglement is a connection between quantum particles, the building blocks of the universe. Once two particles are entangled, a change to one of them is instantly reflected in the other, be they in the same lab or light-years apart. So counterintuitive is this phenomenon and its implications that Einstein himself called it "spooky" and thought that it would lead to the downfall of quantum theory. Yet scientists have since discovered that quantum entanglement, the "God Effect," was one of Einstein's few—and perhaps one of his greatest—mistakes.

The possibilities offered by a fuller understanding of the nature of entanglement read like something out of science fiction: communications devices that could span the stars, codes that cannot be broken, computers that dwarf today's machines in speed and power, teleportation, and more. 


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The God Effect
CHAPTER ONEENTANGLEMENT BEGINSLaws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in.--WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Essays on Men, Manners, and Things 
Entanglement. It's a word that is ripe with implications. It brings to mind a kitten tied up in an unraveled ball of wool, or the complex personal relationship between two human beings. In physics, though, it refers to a very specific and strange concept, an idea so bizarre, so fundamental, and so far reaching
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  • Brian Clegg

  • Brian Clegg is the author of A Brief History of Infinity, The First Scientist: A Life of Roger Bacon, and Light Years: The Extraordinary Story of Mankind's Fascination with Light. He holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. His books have been translated into ten languages. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.
  • Brian Clegg
    Brian Clegg