An elegant coffee table book about quantum physics recently published in France features a contribution from CQT's Valerio Scarani. Described by the publisher as "a plunge into the intimacies of quantum physics", Le plus grand des hasards - Surprises quantiques, presents essays from 65 scientists set among black and white photographs.
The book's editors initiated the project by asking well-known scientists to contribute and to nominate other potential authors. The end collection reflects the writers' diverse styles, mixing humour, memories, insights and fairy tales. Valerio offers this translation into English of his essay on randomness.
Other contributors to the French-language book range from eminent quantum scientists Alain Aspect, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, William D. Phillips and Anton Zeilinger to up-and-coming PhD students. A full list of contributors is available from the website of the publisher, Belin, here . The book is available to buy direct from the publisher and on www.amazon.fr.
Le plus grand des hasards - Surprises quantiques
Jean-François Dars, Anne Papillaut
Published by Belin