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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

Design by Jason Booher

This might be the first time quoting from a Wikipedia science article helps us understand a book cover: "Quantum entanglement is a...phenomenon in which...states of two or more objects are linked together so that one object can no longer be adequately described without full mention of its counterpart — even though the individual objects may be spatially separated."


With that in mind, none of the objects comprising this design make much visual sense without the others, but they add up to a beautiful and meaningful whole. And the word "entanglement" spread out between two of the elements? Frosting on the cake.

15 comments:

rotweiler said...

curiously mesmerizing...

AJT said...

Agreed. It is lovely and hypnotic. I can't stop looking at it. And I can't imagine that the picture by itself could be so engrossing.

Tal said...

Cool! Great concept. I almost wish the photo was in color, but since that's probably impossible, silver foiled, or tinted with some color overlay. I think it should contrast more with the white stripes of the type areas.

Ian Brian Shimkoviak said...

Absolutely wonderful.

Anonymous said...

gorgeous.

JRSM said...

That is just wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Okay, who's the designer?

Anonymous said...

It also calls the double slit experiment to mind. Really cool.

Joseph said...

anon2:45 it's designed by Jason Booher. (More often than not the designer credits are provided @ the top of the post)

momo said...

If anyone's interested, the photo is a group photo from the Solvay Foundatiion conference on physics, held in Brussells, Belgium, in 1927. Though noy being an expert, the main historical interest of that conference was that Einstein strenuously opposed the interpretation of quantum physics of Bohr and Heisenberg and the latter's uncertainty principle - funny enough, mostly at the restaurant, as Heisenberg himself tells in his autobiographical papers.
Here a link to the original photo (scroll to middle page):

http://www.aip.org/history/heisenberg/p09.htm

and here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvay_Conference

ps. Bohr is second to the right strip, just above "Luisa" text, and Heisenberg is third to the right strip, in the upper row of the group.
ps2. first strip to the left you find Marie Curie...

Joseph said...

Momo: Thank you!

Reading Hub said...

Really funky design... First time I've visited your blog and it was the first one to really jump out at me...

Info Provider said...

i miss the classic version of Batman.

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