The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science.
But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is good?
The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has led to some very woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness. Here, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw give us the real science, and reveal the profound theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world.
This is our most up-to-date picture of reality.
In their newest, the University of Manchester physics team that produced Why Does E=mc2? aims to make quantum theory "perhaps the prime example of the infinitely esoteric becoming the profoundly useful" understandable for a general audience, explaining not only what it is and how it works, but why it is important. Beginning with a brief scientific history that will be familiar to anyone who's completed college physics (but accessible to those who have not), Cox and Forshaw review Newton's laws and the discoveries of Becquerel, Rutherford, Bohr, and Heisenberg before turning to their explanation of particles and waves, as inspired by Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winner described by his friend Freeman Dyson as simultaneously "all genius, all buffoon." The authors also go on to explain the origin of the periodic table, strong and weak nuclear forces, "Why We Don't Fall Through the Floor," and myriad other interesting topics. Though Cox and Forshaw state that their goal is to "demystify quantum theory," readers will nevertheless be confronted with plenty of equations and graphs rather than anecdotes and photos. Illus.
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While this book does, as the description indicates, use analogy to explain the counterintuitive word of theoretical quantum physics.....it isn't a light read to be undertaken without a notebook and pencil.....there is maths to be done....but then, it is quantum physics. Its not the light entertaining trip through science that Bryson's "Short History of Nearly Everything" is. Enjoyment of this book will depend on what you're really looking for....if you really want to understanding the fundamentals of Quantum Physics...and your prepared to put the effort into really reading the book and doing the maths....you'll get it.....if your looking for a light, recreational romp through sciences big ideas, then maybe this book isn't the place to start. I'm not sure that this book should be in the 10 science books everybody should read category....it could go in the....good representation of Quantum mechanics for those who have a maths/science background category.....but really this is not a book for everyone and it isn't a recreational read unless your a physisist.