The Quantic Theatre
Alain Connes is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a professor at the Collège de France and at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (IHES) and at Ohio State University. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1982, the Crafoord Prize in 2001 and the CNRS Gold Medal in 2004. He is the author of Triangle et pensées and the co-author, with Jean-Pierre Changeux, of Matière à pensée, published by Editions Odile Jacob.
Danye Chéreau, who hated maths in his youth, received a literary education. Life’s unexpected twists and turns have allowed him to discover the scientific and research worlds.
Jacques Dixmier is a mathematician and professor emeritus at Paris-VII University. He was a recipient of the Emile Picard Medal, awarded by the French Academy of Sciences, in 2001.
‘For years, you’ve been hearing about quantum mechanics, a major 20th-century discovery, so certain terms have become familiar and they stir your imagination: wave functions, particle interaction, uncertainty principle, Feynman diagrams.
‘At times, you find yourself dreaming about whimsical photons, disturbing experiments and their unexpected results, but you don’t have the time to spend hundreds of hours on difficult mathematical and scientific studies that, at best, would make you understand the relevance of Richard Feynman’s quip: “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.”
‘But this book offers a quick and entertaining look into this magical universe. It gives you a front-row seat in the quantic theatre, and you’ll be amazed at what you see.’
• A unique approach to quantum mechanics and its mysteries.
• An original, accessible introduction, written by eminent scientists.
• Alain Connes is one of the greatest French mathematicians and scientists.