by David Kaiser - £13.99 WW Norton & Co (2012)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780393342314 | ISBN 10: 039334231x
For physicists, the 1970s were a time of stagnation. Dissatisfied, underemployed and eternally curious, an eccentric group of Berkeley physicists threw off the constraints of the physics mainstream to explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the "Fundamental Fysiks Group", they pursued an audacious, speculative approach, spinning physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory.
A lively, entertaining story that illuminates the relationship between creativity and scientific progress, How the Hippies Saved Physics takes us to a time when the unlikeliest heroes raised the science world out of its rut.
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