The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World

by James Kakalios

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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World by James Kakalios

A highly entertaining exploration of the complicated science of quantum mechanics made easy to understand by way of pop culture.

As a young science fiction fan, physicist James Kakalios marveled at the future predicted in the pulp magazines, comics, and films of the '50s and '60s. By 2010, he was sure we'd have flying cars and jetpacks. But what we ended up with-laptop computers, MRI machines, Blu-ray players, and dozens of other real-life marvels-are even more fantastic. In The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, he explains why the development of quantum mechanics enabled our amazing present day.

In his trademark style, Kakalios uses pop culture examples- everything from the graphic novel Watchmen to schlock horror movies of the '50s-to elucidate some of the most complex science there is. And he brings to life the groundbreaking scientists whose discoveries made our present life possible. Along the way, he dispels the misconception that quantum mechanics is unknowable by mere mortals. It's not magic; it's science!

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ISBN-13: 9781592404797
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Kakalios is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 1988, and where his class "Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books" is a popular freshman seminar. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Chicago, and has been reading comic books for much longer.

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"A quirky but sensible explanation of quantum mechanics." —-Kirkus

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a mechanical engineering student whose taken quantum physics. In the class I constantly got lost in the calculations even though I thought that the material was really interesting. I bought this book shortly after it came out. This book does a good job of exploring the history behind quantum mechanics while not boring you to death. It then segways into how quantum mechanics is being applied today and possibly in the future. His analogies were easy to understand and 40+ pictures and diagrams helped a lot. I am currently taking a material science class, and this book helped explain in better terms how a p-n semiconductor works. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how things work, but don't really care how to calculate it. The one thing that I didn't like about the book was when he went off on tangents like global warming and creationism vs. evolution. Those usually came out of no where, lasted a page or two, and then he got back on track. I didn't come here for his opinions on those topics, and they frosted my cookies enough to state my annoyance here. I'd still read it again though. And when he talks about the reduced Planck's constant, the NOOKbook version had a problem displaying h; this lowercase italicized h with a bar though the tall part. Instead it displayed a question mark. Not a big deal but understandable because it isn't really a letter used in everyday language, sort of annoying though.
rafaalcalde1 More than 1 year ago
A very complex subject explained in terms most understand
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