Paradox by Jim al-Khalili
The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics

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A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes.

   Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense.  These we call paradoxes.  The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds.  For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time?  Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs?  And how can a person be ten years older than his twin?

   With elegant explanations that bring the reader inside the mind of those who've developed them, Al-Khalili helps us to see that, in fact, paradoxes can be solved if seen from the right angle.  Just as surely as Al-Khalili narrates the enduring fascination of these classic paradoxes, he reveals their underlying logic.  In doing so, he brings to life a select group of the most exciting concepts in human knowledge.  Paradox is mind-expanding fun.

About Jim al-Khalili

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a quantum physicist at the University of Surrey and a regular radio and television broadcaster for the BBC. He is winner of both the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin medal for his science communication work. Paradox is his fifth book.
Published October 23, 2012 by Broadway Books. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Fermi’s Paradox is another that raises questions about the larger universe: If technologically advanced civilizations are common in the universe, why haven’t they visited us?

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A chapter on Maxwell’s Demon (can there be a perpetual motion machine) gives a lesson in thermodynamics, and the infamous puzzler starring Erwin Schrödinger’s hapless cat provides a quick lesson on quantum mechanical basics.

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And as the quantum theorist Adrian Kent has written: “Possibly none of us will get anywhere much until the next fortuitous break in the clouds.” Paradox: the Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science 235pp, Bantam Press t £14.99 (PLUS £1.25 p&p) Buy now from Telegraph Books (RRP £16.99, ebo...

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