The book covers every major accomplishment in quantum mechanics over the past 100 years. It starts with the early experiments that tried to determine the nature of light and moves forward, concluding with Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which finally explained the dual nature of light. The author uses many illustrations to keep the tone of the material light-hearted and user-friendly. They are particularly valuable in helping readers with the mathematics that is essential in all of the major accomplishments discussed throughout the book. Additionally, the book provides interesting stories about the scientists behind these groundbreaking accomplishments; these stories show that science has a history and that all ideas and discoveries are works in progress. Finally, the book provides two detailed indexes that help readers find specific facts to help them review the material.
This could be wonderful resource for a teacher looking for a new way to help their students understand one of the more challenging, yet important, topics in physics and chemistry. The book is written for the individual who is new to ideas that were crucial to our understanding of the essential questions in physics during the past century. Students who were learning about quantum mechanics wrote the book with the guidance of experts in the field. As a result, they present the information in away that allows beginning chemistry and physics students to better understand these challenging concepts.