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Quantum Physics for Poets Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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— 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
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Lederman (and Christopher Hill) have inflected a fantastic introductory and popular level text into the fray of many such books. There are only 10 chapters, but what makes this introductory text stand out from others is the extensive writings on familiar matters such as Thomas Young's famous 2-slit experiment. I promise the reader that, unless they are physicists, they will be introduced to a host of new insights, concepts and unexpected materials related to very familiar themes that have been glossed over in previous books. The chapters on quantum physics and chemistry are priceless and rarely highlighted in preceding books.
Like all books that are within 300-pages, the contents cannot be exhaustive. However, all of the major elements of classical and the new physics are represented. This book is not for the physicist--unless they would use it as a supplement in an introductory class on quantum physics.Read more ›
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An interesting book that contains a ton of amusing analogies while sticking to the subject of bring quantum mechanics to a more "relatable" level, with regards to the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Sarendranath
It's not really written by Lederman though, yes? All of his books written be whomever, are fantastic four the Physicist wannabe... The God Particle as great.Published 9 months ago by Paul Canty
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 11 months 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 16 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 16 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 17 months ago by William Austin Ing