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In their second work (after Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe), co-authors Lederman, the Nobel Prize winning director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and present director Hill treat nature as a language to be learned, taking readers on a journey from the large to the small, "to a world within our world" and giving them a primer in the language of modern science. Star Trek, Galileo, and Newton and kick things off, and the authors address competing theories of light. Is it a wave transmitted through the ether, or a beam of photons? What could be ancient history comes to vibrant life in an engaging narrative that reveals contradictory experiments that found light to be both a wave and a particle-simultaneously. This led to further anomalies, as Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger, in experiments to determine the precise location and time of an event, challenged the fundamental idea of classical physics and opened the door to probability theory. The authors give the reader a peek into the wonders of modern physics-from early "Eureka" moments to field theory and string theory-in a highly accessible introduction to third millennium science.
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“A sparkling and articulate new account of how the quantum revolution changed 20th century science – and, as a further delight, how physics and poetry can speak the same language.”
— Chicago Tribune
"A little gem of a book on an enormously profound and, in many ways, a mysterious subject….”
— Contemporary Physics Book Review
"Lederman and Hill, two very well known physicists, have written in a prose that speaks to the poet in all of us. A delightful and illuminating guide through the mysteries of the quantum world."
–Gino Segré, department of physics and astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
An interesting and well-written explanation to a "poet" of the quantum physics. I admit to having taken physic courses at Houston U. and Univ. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JDR
Not for poets - this book really suffers to find its audience. In less than 300 pages the book covers everything from the history of quantum mechanics to superstring and M-brane... Read morePublished 6 months ago by s. berger
This is a very entertaining book. It is informative and I would imagine the examples given are mostly easy to comprehend for the uninitiated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read a little bit about quantum physics in the past and figured this would help compliment those books and it does that very well indeed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Austin Ing
I am just an average educated person, not a scientist. One needs a patience if wants to learn anything about Quantum Physics, regardless at what level. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wojciech Langer