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    Greetings: I may have seemed to neglectt this list. But I have been checking it. My new paper: Subtle Cyber Robotics is archived at http://fluidice.com. I
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      I may have seemed to neglectt this list. But I have been checking it.
      My new paper:"Subtle Cyber Robotics" is archived at
      http://fluidice.com I myself took for granted the physics revolution
      of the 1970;s simply because my academic training is not in physics. I
      began to pay attention to these technical "Hippie" writings in 1973-74
      after my ufo sighting near Swampscott, Mass. However, I am academically
      trained and my interest in these topics is a disciplined interest.I
      will be published in the SSE newsletter "The Explorer" very shortly on
      the topic of confusion betrween science and technology. The "hippies"
      in qiuestion may have been more efficient scientists simply because
      they were notprimarily bound to develop technical tools.

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      Reviews of Kaiser's book http://www.hippiessavedphysics.com/reviews/
      Posted by: "JACK SARFATTI"
      jacobsarfatti Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:20 pm

      One of the “summer’s best books,” among the top 20 “smartest nonfiction
      titles for summer reading.”

      Christian Science Monitor. See the full list and read the review here

      One of the top 10 nonfiction books of the summer.

      Philadelphia Inquirer. See the full list and read the review here

      “Meticulously researched and unapologetically romantic, How the Hippies
      Saved Physics makes the history of science fun again.”

      Matthew Wisnioski, review in Science. Read the full review here

      “It is hard to write a book about quantum mechanics that is at once
      intellectually serious and a page-turner. But David Kaiser succeeds in
      his account of a neglected but important group of physicists who
      brought together quantum mechanics, Eastern religion, parapsychology
      and the hallucinogen LSD. … Illuminating.”

      Hugh Gusterson, review in Nature. Read the full review here

      “The effort to harness entanglement is in itself a story worth telling,
      and Mr. Kaiser tells it very well. … No wonder Mr. Kaiser was drawn to
      the story: It’s rare to find quantum physics mentioned in the same
      breath with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. … I heartily enjoyed How the
      Hippies Saved Physics … The moral is that it is always useful to have a
      few mavericks prodding away at the fringes of science to keep folks on
      their toes.”

      John Gribbin, review in The Wall Street Journal. Read the full review

      “How the Hippies Saved Physics … turns to those wild days in the waning
      years of the Vietnam War when anything seemed possible: communal
      marriage, living off the land, bringing down the military with flower
      power. Why not faster-than-light communication, in which a message
      arrives before it is sent, overthrowing the tyranny of that pig, Father

      George Johnson, review in The New York Times. Read the full review here

      “Exhaustively and carefully researched. [Kaiser] has uncovered a wealth
      of revealing detail about the physicists involved, making for a very
      lively tale. … Fascinating.”

      Peter Woit, review in American Scientist. Read the full review here.
      Woit continues: “a marvelous book, … highly recommend[ed],” Not Even
      Wrong blog.

      “General and science collections alike will find this a winner!”

      Midwest Book Review. Read the full review here

      “Kaiser’s style is engaging, which makes this history of the time when
      physics left the short-sleeved white shirts, skinny ties and plastic
      pocket protectors behind one of the best science books of the year.”

      Kel Munger, review in the Sacramento News & Review. Read the full
      review here.

      (Featured Title) “The shape of popular science would look dramatically
      different — more stodgy and conservative, less expansive — were it not
      for a long-ago mini-revolution in the field of physics that melded the
      hippie sensibility of far-out daydreaming with a Newtonian fervor for
      theorizing and testing. MIT professor David Kaiser finds the hidden
      affinities between cosmic consciousness and laboratory protocols in
      this absorbing account of a time when longhairs with slide rules
      stalked the planet.”

      Barnes and Noble Review. Read the full review here.

      (Starred Review) “In How the Hippies Saved Physics, author David Kaiser
      has written a provocative book about a 1970s cohort of young
      physicists. … If this extraordinary book doesn’t win prizes, it will
      only be because more years will be required to deliver solid goods
      based on the imaginations and creativity of the Fundamental Fysiks

      Blanchard Hiatt, review in SB&F, the review journal for Science Books &
      Film of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read
      the full review here

      “Kaiser argues convincingly for their role as provocateurs … a quest
      How the Hippies Saved Physics imbues with the joy of nerdy discovery.
      The transition between a view of physics limited to practical
      applications and one in which less-solvable questions predominated
      might have happened anyway, but Kaiser successfully makes his case that
      younger generations of scientists who were at least open to those
      questions helped usher it in.”

      Ellen Wernecke, review in The A. V. Club of The Onion. Read the full
      review here.

      “David Kaiser’s new book, How the Hippies Saved Physics, paints a
      carnival atmosphere of psychedelic imagery. … While many books about
      physics, even popular ones, tend to suffer from too much headiness,
      Kaiser … does an admirable job of making the very concepts of quantum
      mechanics palpable. What Kaiser’s storytelling does best is make a case
      for the value of freewheeling free thinking, particularly now, when
      institutions of higher learning are under siege.”

      Todd Wilkinson, review in The Christian Science Monitor. Read the full
      review here.

      “Something to read: How the Hippies Saved Physics … documents the
      history of the experimental, Berkeley-based “Fundamental Fysiks Group,”
      which injected fresh blood into the world of quantum physics in the

      San Francisco Examiner. Read their other recommendations here.

      “These are stories you won’t find in a standard physics textbook, and
      Kaiser’s great service is to illuminate the messy interface between
      solid-yet-fringe science and open-to-fringe society. How the Hippies
      Saved Physics is an excellent primer for understanding how popular
      notions of quantum mechanics came to arise. … [Kaiser] brilliantly
      shows how science on the cutting edge can be co-opted in all sorts of
      other areas.”

      Alexandra Witze, review in The Dallas Morning News. Read the full
      review here

      (Starred Review) “Science has never been more unpredictable — or more

      Booklist. Read the full review here

      (Starred Review) “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.”

      Kirkus Reviews. Read the full review here

      A Scientific American Notable Book.

      “A reminder of the unexpected influence a bunch of freewheeling 1970s
      physicists had on fundamental theories. … Entertaining … a curious and
      largely forgotten episode in the history of physics.”

      Marcus Chown, review in New Scientist. Read the full review here

      “History of science at its most entertaining and accessible.”

      Goodreads.com. Read the full review here

      “A thought-provoking read. … If you’re interested in fundamental
      questions about quantum mechanics — and you know who you are — you
      should pick up a copy. It’s a fun and engaging story about a highly
      colorful and shamefully underreported chapter in the history of

      Chad Orzel, review at Uncertain Principles. Read the full review here

      “David Kaiser’s How the Hippies Saved Physics is a fabulous social and
      science history about the relationship between consciousness culture,
      philosophy and physics in the 1970s. … Kaiser is a great science

      Erik Davis, review at Techgnosis. Read the full review here

      “Kaiser illuminates the complex ways in which information travels
      between entangled electrons and between entangled people. The concepts
      may be mind-bending, but the lesson is simple: Enjoy the quest.”

      Discover Magazine. Read the full review here

      Advance praise for How the Hippies Saved Physics:

      “What happens when you mix the foundations of quantum mechanics with
      hot tubs, ESP, saffron robes, and psychedelic drugs? David Kaiser’s
      masterly ability to explain the most subtle and counterintuitive
      quantum effects, together with his ability to spin a ripping good yarn,
      make him the perfect guide to this far-off and far-out era of
      scientific wackiness.”

      Seth Lloyd, author of Programming the Universe

      “How The Hippies Saved Physics takes readers on a mind-bending trip to
      the far horizons of science—a place where the counterculture’s search
      for a New Age of consciousness opened the door to a new era in physics.
      Who knew that the discipline that brought us the atom bomb had also
      glimpsed Utopia? Amazing.”

      Fred Turner, author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture

      “This book takes us deep into the kaleidoscopic culture of the
      1970s—with its pop-metaphysicians, dabblers in Eastern mysticism, and
      counterculture gurus—some of whom, it turns out, were also physicists
      seeking to challenge the foundations of their discipline. In David
      Kaiser’s hands, the story of how they succeeded—albeit in ways they
      never intended—makes a tremendously fun and eye-opening tale. As the
      physicist I. I. Rabi once remarked: ‘What [more] do you want,
      mermaids?’ ”

      Ken Alder, author of The Measure of All Things andThe Lie Detectors

      “At first it sounds impossible, then like the opening line of a joke:
      What do the CIA, Werner Erhard’s est, Bay Area Hippie explorations, and
      the legacy of Einstein, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger have in common? It
      turns out, as David Kaiser shows, quite a lot. Here is a book that is
      immensely fun to read, gives insight into deep and increasingly
      consequential questions of physics, and transports the reader back into
      the heart of North Beach zaniness in the long 1960s. Put down your
      calculators and pick up this book!”

      Peter Galison, author of Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps

      “How the Hippies Saved Physics gives us an unconventional view of some
      unconventional people engaged early in the fundamentals of quantum
      theory. Great fun to read.”

      Anton Zeilinger, co-winner of the 2010 Wolf Prize in Physics and author
      of Dance of the Photons

      “David Kaiser shows us the wonder, mystery, and joy of the scientific
      pursuit that helped define, and inspire, a particular moment within the
      counterculture. Some have seen and long appreciated these resonances,
      but no one has stated the case this authoritatively, this fully, and
      this colorfully.”

      Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No

      “Quantum theory inspired strong passions and controversial questions
      right from the start. What does quantum theory tell us about the
      ultimate nature of reality, consciousness, and our place in nature? How
      the Hippies Saved Physics takes us back to a time when these question
      had become marginalized. It provides a fascinating account of their
      long journey back to the mainstream, culminating in today’s quantum
      renaissance with quantum cosmology, quantum cryptography, and quantum

      Max Tegmark, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, MIT

      Links to additional reviews will be posted here as they appear.

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