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- Publisher: Workman Pub Co; Unabridged edition (January 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611745861
- ISBN-13: 978-1611745863
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 7.9 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,028,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Quantum Universe: And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does
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"The Quantum Universe" is the interesting book about the subatomic realm. Well known physicist and science celebrity Brian Cox along with fellow physicist Jeff Forshaw take us into the intimidating world of quantum mechanics. Using the latest in scientific understanding and creative analogies these scientists make complex topics accessible to the masses. This 272-page book is composed of the following eleven chapters: 1. Something Strange Is Afoot, 2. Being in Two Places at Once, 3. What Is a Particle? 4. Everything That Can Happen Does Happen, 5. Movement as an Illusion, 6. The Music of the Atoms, 7. The Universe in a Pin-head (and Why We Don't Fall Through the Floor), 8. Interconnected, 9. The Modern World, 10. Interaction, and 11. Empty Space Isn't Empty.
1. The ability of great scientists to communicate to the masses.
2. Fascinating topic in the hands of experts. Well researched and well written.
3. Finally, a book about quantum mechanics that I can comprehend and in the process I didn't perceive it was "dumbed" down either. Most importantly, it kept my interest and I learned while doing so. Bravo!
4. Great use of charts and illustrations to assist the reader. Many concepts of physics defy common logic so the choice of sound illustrations is a must in order to understand the concepts. As an example, the use of clocks to understand particles.
5. Grounding what we know based on the best knowledge that science can offer. The authors do a wonderful job of explaining the scientific process and defining what a good scientific theory is all about.
6. This is strictly a science book. The authors are focused on quantum mechanics, not on the supernatural or making fun of those who do.Read more ›
The best layperson's physics books are written in a sort of cook-book style where the final "dishes" are shown with all their wonderful deliciousness, and the ingredients that they are made from are listed, but the details of how all the ingredients interact to make the flavors are omitted because they are beyond the layperson's understanding and interest.
I recently read such a wonderful book by Cox and Forshaw when I GOOGLED on "Why does E=MC2" and was directed to their book of that title Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?). They beautifully explained why E=MC2 isn't just the equivalence of energy to mass, but is an expression of the basic nature of the space/time universe. They answered every question I wanted to know about the subject and a lot more. That book is one of the top two or three popular physics books I've ever read, and I've been reading them since Isaac Asimov and George Gamow began writing them in the 1960s.
Their new book THE QUANTUM UNIVERSE is NOT a layperson's book. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the "comic book" and 10 being a physics textbook, this would come in at an 8. I didn't find the book to be interesting or meaningful. The problem isn't in the writing, which is lucid. It isn't any lack of illustration; a major effort was put into explaining the concepts graphically as diagrams and pictures. The difficulty is the complexity of the subject matter itself.Read more ›
I thought some parts of this book were excellent and other parts not so good. The explanations of such things as the Quantum Measurement Problem and the Epilogue on the Death of Stars, for example, are in the excellent category. Much less good was the explanation of phase and quantum interference by constant reference to "clocks," which I found clumsy and unhelpful (although others may disagree). This is quite a serious flaw, as it permeates much of the book. However, the style is readable and the treatment of the subject quite rigorous for a "popular" book, so overall I found it an incisive account of the state of Quantum Theory in late 2011
There is a reasonable amount of mathematics in the book, although most is explained in a way that should be comprehensible to those with only a little background in the subject. It is badly hindered, though, by a number of unnecessary errors which really should have been eliminated in proof reading. For example, a footnote on p67 asserts that... "a microgramme...is a millionth of a kilogramme." More seriously, in the otherwise excellent Epilogue in which the authors take us gently and expertly through a rather complex mathematical process, several errors in the text will make the argument almost impossible for anyone with little maths to follow.Read more ›
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I knew little of the subject before I read the book. I learned much much more after reading the book. I expect to learn even more when I read the book again in a couple of months. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I hesitated for a long time over whether or not to write a review of this book. I really HATE to give low stars and here I did so only because I thought I should say something... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher
This book has many insight into quantum effects and detailed descriptions on how these were derived. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jcn
A nice complement to Brian Cox's "E=MC2" (And Why You Should Care)." Again, he makes presents very complicated, non-intuitive concepts in a way that a non-complicated... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. F. Hagen
This book is hard to follow. It is almost based on the concept of clocks, I followed it for a while but then I lost track and got confused. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Koan
I'm on the third of a book and getting tired of clocks analogy. Started this book right after David Bodanis' E=MC2 and Electric Universe, looking for more of a historical and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Too boring, chapter after chapter focussed on a chain of clicks.Published 7 months ago by Brad Ashlock