BOOK REVIEWS The downloaded PDF for any Review in this section contains all the Reviews in this section. Craig F. Bohren, Editor Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802; mailing address: P.O. Box 887, Boalsburg, PA 16827; firstname.lastname@example.org The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and backward in time to affect the electron at the moment it John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality. Paul sends out its own photons. The medium involved had to be a Halpern. 336 pp. Basic Books, New York, 2017. Price: perfect absorber/emitter, and the theory became known as $30 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-465-09758-6. (Cameron the Wheeler–Feynman absorber theory. Soon thereafter, Reed, Reviewer.) Feynman, while attempting to put the theory on a quantum basis, hit upon his now-famous idea of summing probability- weighted quantum paths. This approach, a least-action prin- Writing books on modern physics for popular audiences is ciple analogous to Fermat’s principle of least time, was not easy. But author Paul Halpern, who has put together over dubbed the “sum-over-histories” method by Wheeler. The a dozen such efforts, does an admirable job in his The absorber theory, which became Feynman’s thesis, was even- Quantum Labyrinth. To give his history a human dimension, tually published in
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