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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592406726
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592406722
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Avery; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #754,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was very interesting how the author kept tying the subject matter back to "science fiction" and the connection between fiction and science. However, it did seem that some of these were a bit too long (and distracting). All in all though, it was well written and a quick read. It is a natural for Kindle.
I donated my copy to the local library hoping it will attract interest in this subject among high-school and college students.
If you want a peek into the area of science that Einstein called "spooky", this the book for you.
Some background in quantum mechanics might be helpful but probably not essential. The book is easy to follow and understand. The author doesn't start simple and then dive to the impenetrable. He keeps it understandable throughout.
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"...the amazing superpowers displayed by Dr Manhattan... are a consequence of his having control over his quantum mechanical wave function."
I rolled my eyes, but was happy to indulge these cheerful diversions, even if they're not terribly helpful, as they do leaven the load of a respectably detailed and sometimes challenging overview of the subatomic world.
Whimsy aside, Kakalios adopts a very nuts and bolts approach, with clean diagrams and solid metaphors (energy levels in a semiconductor, for instance, are 'orchestra', 'mezzanine' and 'balcony' seats). This is not a history of the field: instead, the author is concerned with telling us, insofar as is possible in a popular text, how stuff WORKS, from wave functions and uncertainty, up through radiation and fermions, to lasers, transistors and MRI scanners. This is a prosaic and practical book, and if I occasionally had to squint and furrow my brow to understand, nonetheless, understand I did (however briefly!). A sound and engaging account not only of what quantum physics is, but why it matters and how it affects us every day
I read quite a few popular science books, and I'd class this as slow going. I wasn't learning much, and at times I was lost and disinterested.
I don't think he does a good job of making a very difficult subject either understandable or interesting - he does an ok job, but that wasn't enough to keep me reading.