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on May 2, 2012
I doubt that a scientist who understands quantum physics can explain it to a beginner. Not this author to this beginner, anyway. I made it through the first chapter without much trouble, but then I started bogging down. First of all, there were contradictions. Examples: (a) In the glossary, an isotope is said to be a nucleus, but in the text, it is said to have a nucleus. (b) In the glossary, an ion is said to be either positively or negatively charged; in the text, it is said to be only positively charged. Also, the author introduced terms without explaining them clearly, so when he used them again and again, I was more and more confused. Example: In Chapter 4, "bands" are said to contain "energy levels that are not shown individually." Now what does that mean? Then chapter 5 starts discussing bands to beat the band. At this point I gave up, only a little more than halfway through the book. The author stated that the main aim of the book is "to understand how quantum physics explains many natural phenomena." I sort of understand that it does, but certainly not how it does. The best I can do is to say that it all has something to do with the behavior of particles and waves. I selected this book because of the favorable reviews. Unfortunately, I did not read enough of the reviews. I agree with the reviewers who said that beginners need to look elsewhere to obtain a comfortable understanding of quantum physics.
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