The best book on nonlocality, teleportation, and other quantum marvels

Who am I?

I am totally fascinated by the quest of how Nature does it. In particular, I love the fact that humans managed to enters the strange world of atoms and photons by just using their brute intellectual force and imagination. This world obeys precise rules, but very different ones from those we get used to since childhood. For example, the laws that govern the microscopic world allow for indeterminacy and randomness. Moreover, some random events may manifest themselves at several locations at once, leading to the phenomenon of quantum non-locality. I am very fortunate that I could spend all my professional time on such fascinating conceptual questions, combined with highly timely new technologies.


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Quantum Chance: Nonlocality, Teleportation and Other Quantum Marvels

By Nicolas Gisin,

Book cover of Quantum Chance: Nonlocality, Teleportation and Other Quantum Marvels

What is my book about?

I am a specialist in quantum nonlocality, teleportation, and applications like quantum cryptography. With this concise book I want to give everyone a chance to understand these fascinating features of quantum mechanics, without equations but also without hiding the conceptual difficulties. Everyone willing to make an intellectual effort should be given the chance to share my fascination for contemporary quantum theory and its potential applications.

The books I picked & why

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The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

By Louisa Gilder,

Book cover of The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

Why this book?

This delightful book tells the story of the development of quantum entanglement, the mysterious link that can connect distant objects without anything carrying information from one to the other. As a physicist specializing in quantum mechanics, I recommend that book because, in addition to some history, it nicely illustrated how physics is done by professional researchers.


Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality

By Valerio Scarani,

Book cover of Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality

Why this book?

This little book introduces quantum physics at the level of high-school students. It starts with semi-transparent mirrors and interferometers. With figures, but no equations, the reader becomes familiar with wave-particle duality. Next, quantum cryptography, some experiments, and even quantum teleportation are presented in a truly pedestrian way. I much enjoyed reading this book.


Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics

By Tim Maudlin,

Book cover of Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics

Why this book?

This is a wonderful and highly convincing analysis of quantum non-locality, written by one of the top expert philosophers of science. Personally, I learned a lot from this book, which clearly influenced me and helped me to become an expert in the field. The book goes deep into explaining why we live in a world full of non-local correlations and what that means. It analyses in depth the tension between quantum non-locality and relativity. Moreover, it contains several original ideas, like, e.g., how many bits of communication are needed to simulate quantum non-locality. It is still today a very timely book.


John Stewart Bell and Twentieth Century Physics: Vision and Integrity

By Andrew Whitaker,

Book cover of John Stewart Bell and Twentieth Century Physics: Vision and Integrity

Why this book?

John Steward Bell is one of the giants of the twentieth-century sciences, sitting beside Einstein, Bohr, Shannon. I don’t hesitate to predict that history will set him at the firmament of all sciences, thanks to his revolutionary discovery of quantum non-locality. This biography is a must for everyone willing to understand the personality of John Bell, the father of what became after his sudden death the second quantum revolution.


The Quantum Dissidents: Rebuilding the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1950-1990)

By Olival Freire Junior,

Book cover of The Quantum Dissidents: Rebuilding the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1950-1990)

Why this book?

This book tells the fascinating story of the people and events behind the turbulent changes in attitudes to quantum theory in the second half of the 20th century. Science is sometimes quite abstract. But it is made by very concrete persons whose characters shape the various scientific communities.


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