Quantum by Jim al-Khalili
A Guide For The Perplexed

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In this reissue of a 2003 publication, with mini-essays by scientists Frank Close and Paul Davies, Al-Khalili succeeds in making the quantum world understandable. Well, almost.
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From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world.

Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And yet it has been said that if you're not shocked by it, you don't understand it. But is quantum physics really so unknowable? Is reality really so strange? And just how can cats be half-alive and half-dead at the same time?

Our journey into the quantum begins with nature's own conjuring trick, in which we discover that atoms -- contrary to the rules of everyday experience -- can exist in two locations at once. To understand this we travel back to the dawn of the twentieth century and witness the birth of quantum theory, which over the next one hundred years was to overthrow so many of our deeply held notions about the nature of our universe. Scientists and philosophers have been left grappling with its implications every since.

 

About Jim al-Khalili

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Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a British scientist, author and prolific broadcaster. He is a professor of Physics at the University of Surrey where he also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is a vice president and trustee of the British Science Association and holds an EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship. He also recently promised to eat his boxer shorts on live TV if the results from the Opera neutrino experiment were proved to be right . . .
 
Published October 25, 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 288 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on Jan 11 2013

In this reissue of a 2003 publication, with mini-essays by scientists Frank Close and Paul Davies, Al-Khalili succeeds in making the quantum world understandable. Well, almost.

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