The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)

The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)

by Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
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The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) by Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw

In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible—and fascinating—to everyone.

The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the “weirdness” of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.

The quantum mechanics of The Quantum Universe provide a concrete model of nature that is comparable in its essence to Newton's laws of motion, Maxwell's theory of electricity and magnetism, and Einstein's theory of relativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306820601
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 355,514
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Brian Cox is a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester. He is a popular TV and radio presenter and lives in London.

Jeff Forshaw is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester and a recipient of the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal. He lives in Manchester, England.

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The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ERB65 More than 1 year ago
The unique use of a clock to explain the statistical nature of quantum mechanics at a my level (that of a layman) was excellent. It was sometimes humorous, sometimes matter-of-fact, but always held my attention. If you are seeking a understanding of our Quantum Universe including such things as Planck's law and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, this is the book for you. I hardily recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample pulled me in immediately as it is written in an interesting manner with just the right amount of facts and clearly written outlines of future content. But while the beginning is written for the uninitiated, the last third is for Physics majors with advanced math knowledge. For a casual reader like myself who was looking for a fundamental understanding of quantum physics, the content is initially very clear, interesting and giving just the right amount of explanation without talking down... UNTiL the last third when very specific equations almost completely replaced general understanding. They for me did nothing to help the understanding of the complicated interaction of quantum physics as it relates to gravity and elections in the near or total collapse of stars. I finally began to skim the last 60 or more pages, ignoring the sudden verbosity and nearly constantly appearing equations in order to occassionally glean a piece of illuminating information from page to page to page. In all fairness, I learned quite a bit until the last third.
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I learned lots !!!
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