How the Hippies Saved Physics

24 01 2011

Here is an excellent, lively presentation given by MIT Physics lecturer and advanced physics researcher and Doctor of both Physics & History of Science from Harvard, David Kaiser:

How the Hippies Saved Physics, based on a forthcoming book of the same title.

Discussing how people like Nick Herbert, Fritjof Capra, Jack Sarfatti, Saul Paul Sirag, Fred Alan Wolf, Gary Zukav, Richard Feynman, Russel Targ, the Esalen crowd and many more had truly gotten the ball rolling on the modern physics resurgence.

http://forum-network.org/lecture/how-hippies-saved-physics

“In recent years, the field of quantum information science has catapulted to the cutting edge of physics. Long before the big budgets and dedicated teams, however, the field smoldered on the scientific sidelines within the hazy, bong-filled excesses of the 1970s New Age movement. Many of the ideas that now occupy the core of quantum information science once found their home amid an anything-goes counterculture frenzy, a mishmash of spoon-bending psychics, Eastern mysticism, LSD trips, CIA spooks chasing mind-reading dreams, and comparable “Age of Aquarius” enthusiasts.”

Related posts:

Garett Lisi: A beautiful unified theory.

Mark Comings at Boom ’04

 

 

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