Quantum Steampunk By Nicole Yunger Halpern
- Narrated by: Raechel Wong
- Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
- Release date: 04-12-22
Quantum Steampunk AudioBook Summary
Victorian era steam engines and particle physics may seem worlds apart, yet a new branch of science, quantum thermodynamics, reenvisions the scientific underpinnings of the Industrial Revolution through the lens of today’s roaring quantum information revolution. Classical thermodynamics needs reimagining to take advantage of quantum mechanics, the basic framework that explores the nature of reality by peering at minute matters, down to the momentum of a single particle.
In her exciting new book, Harvard physicist Dr. Nicole Yunger Halpern introduces these concepts with what she calls “quantum steampunk,” after the fantastical genre that pairs futuristic technologies with Victorian sensibilities. While listeners follow the adventures of a rag-tag steampunk crew on trains, dirigibles, and automobiles, they explore questions such as, “Can quantum physics revolutionize engines?” and “What deeper secrets can quantum information reveal about the trajectory of time?”