- File Size: 1947 KB
- Print Length: 257 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (December 3, 2009)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2009
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002ZJCQT2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$16.00|
Save $6.01 (38%)
Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price set by seller.
How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog Kindle Edition
|Length: 257 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersFire TabletsFire Phones
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The book is a very clear and well delineated explanation of the basics of quantum mechanics. Orzel provides the relevant background needed to understand each section along with a historical outline of how the physics developed. His teaching is lucid and straightforward (think Carl Sagan or Isaac Asimov). The examples and questions are provided outlined in a tongue in cheek manner as discussions with his dog. I am somewhat torn about the verbiage relating to his dog, it is sometimes funny, but can also be distracting. I think in the classroom the humor would come across more consistently. It does add a level of absurdity to the book, and if quantum mechanics is anything, it is sometimes quite absurd to those of us living our daily lives in a classical world.
I also laughed out loud many times while reading the chapter on debunking the snake oil salesmen who try to use various garbled versions of quantum mechanics to explain how their gizmos can provide "free energy" or "improve your health". I have had a lot of conversations with people about these contraptions (and those Amish space heaters advertized in the paper all the time, but that is another issue).
The historical perspective in each section is excellent, specifically the development of wave/particle duality and the Copenhagen interpretation. Orzel's presentation of the manner in which theories are developed and tested is superb. For students this is may be eye opening, many of them seem to believe that science develops in a linear and straightforward manner and the examples presented by Orzel show the more convoluted path often taken.Read more ›
The book itself is geared towards somebody with a decent knowledge of physics and math, but not necessarily quantum mechanics. I would say high-school level should be fine, but then again, with what passes for high school education, it's possible that it could be beyond some people (some may have issue with words like exponential). The reader should note that the book is really "How to Teach Quantum Mechanics To Your Dog" as Physics in general is not covered (and it even avoids relativity). This is not a negative, but just an FYI.
Overall, excellent book---I probably picked up something new in every chapter. Some of the science was familiar, though I was not aware of all the players and fun stories involved. For the science I knew, I appreciated having a good way to explain it to friends and family. As the book progressed, I discovered new things about quantum mechanics which I did not know.
You'll learn about how the most often referenced piece of quantum mechanics (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is also the most misunderstood. You'll also learn not only about Schrodinger's Cat, but also his many women (who knew physicists were like that?).Read more ›
I am very pleased with this book and am so glad I selected it for my son. It seems to be a great choice for an intelligent person without much real physics background who wants to learn about the material.
My beef with the book is that it wasn't clear this was about quantum physics. Mr. Orzel is not really writing for the lay person as much as he's writing for someone who already has a decent understanding about classical physics. My high school physics class was a long time ago and I didn't understand it very well even then. But it's still a subject I wish I could understand better now, but it doesn't seem to come as easily as it does for some others. Nonetheless, I can say that I now understand *some* things about quantum physics a little better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My greyhound shows much more interest in her world now. That she understands. Fun book thanks.Published 20 days ago by carol harbison
I gave this as a little surprise present to my boyfriend's 13 year old son, who is fascinated by physics. He read it cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it!Published 1 month ago by H. Carroll
I thought it would be a lot funnier and a lot simpler, given the title! The explanations were fairly well laid out, but some sections were rough for lay people (or maybe I'm... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen B. Evans
I have several copies of this in my classroom. It is straightforward enough for serious beginners who are interested in quantum physics- for example- my 8th graders. Read morePublished 7 months ago by couchalot
Charming approach to take the scariness out of a lay person's attempt to learn something about quantum physics. Delightfully informative and effective. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roberta M Roy
I really should give this zero stars. My dog read it and then applied for a research job, and was accepted, at CERN. He's looking for the Dog particle.Published 8 months ago by Joe Bratcher
This book makes quantum physics easy to understand, and the bright cheery dog who is being taught breaks up the heavy learning with humor, making the read funny and informative at... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michele L.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. Cuz the science geek in me can't get enough of this stuff. This book makes some serious science concepts easier to grasp and makes me laugh... Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Addison
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Pets & Animal Care > Dogs
- Books > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Science & Scientists
- Books > Science & Math > Physics > Quantum Theory
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Animal Care & Pets > Dogs
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science & Math > Physics > Molecular Physics
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science & Math > Physics > Quantum Theory