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How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser.. Face it: You just want to believe that science is cool, not merely the province of the pocket-protector-and-crew-cut set. This book will fuel your cocktail-party cred, and it’s a blast to read at the same time.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Starred Review. Science has never been more unpredictable—or more entertaining."


"Starred Review. An enthusiastic account of a coterie of physicists who, during the 1970s, embraced New Age fads and sometimes went on to make dramatic discoveries…Readers will enjoy this entertaining chronicle of colorful young scientists whose sweeping curiosity turned up no hard evidence for psychic phenomena but led to new ways of looking into the equally bizarre quantum world."

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Author bio: David Kaiser is Professor and Department Head of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and a Senior Lecturer in MIT's Department of Physics. He completed an A.B. in physics (1993) at Dartmouth College, and Ph.D.s in physics (1997) and the history of science (2000) at Harvard University.  Kaiser's historical research focuses on the development of physics in the United States during the Cold War, looking at how the discipline has evolved at the intersection of politics, culture, and the changing shape of higher education. His physics research focuses on early-universe cosmology, working at the interface of particle physics and gravitation. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; (372 pp. Quantumcool: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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