Uncertainty Principles

Uncertainty Principles

by Krista Tibbs

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ISBN-13: 9780981880358
Publisher: Friction Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Uncertainty Principles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by J. C. Steel for Readers' Favorite Krista Tibbs’ Uncertainty Principles brings together a very disparate group of students; their only common element is a group study they’re required to complete in order to graduate. Their project focuses on electromagnetic disturbances, evolving from observations of EMF changes around a prayer group in an effort to try to measure whether or not living beings can cause measurable amounts of fluctuation. However, when they return from a data collection trip, they find themselves faced with a campus bomb scare and they are all under suspicion. Their attempt to catch the bomber by measuring the EMF fields on campus has outcomes that none of them expected: so much so that it will shape the lives of each of them. In Uncertainty Principles, Krista Tibbs draws together many of the issues we face today, from societal apathy to climate change, and posits the power of individuals to make a lasting difference, despite or because of personal struggles, flaws or differing beliefs. Character archetypes adeptly pencil in key segments of society, bringing their own influences and beliefs to bear on the story, from the anonymous money man to the maverick genius to the ultra-religious school teacher, but somehow, all their different angles illustrate the same theory. This book is a thought-provoking read, a powerful story over and above the sum of the questions it raises. It is well-structured and with characters who will draw you into their lives and views. If the questions the story poses don’t keep you turning the pages, the characters certainly will.
AllieJack1 More than 1 year ago
Author Krista Tibbs certainly exemplifies her scientific knowledge and writing talents with “Uncertainty Principles”.  A reader can often tell when an author is experienced in or has thoroughly researched the subject matter of their stories.  Prior to seeing Krista Tibbs bio I suspected she had experience in the scientific field but I was blown away when I saw her actual education, experience and accomplishments.  The Uncertainty Principle is a very real principle used in quantum mechanics and an absolutely genius foundation for a novel.   The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa. --Heisenberg, uncertainty paper, 1927 Don’t let all of my “science” talk scare you off.  Science is heavily incorporated into this fictional tale of brainiacs who come together to protect their town from disaster.  However, it is presented and written in an entirely understandable, entertaining and downright interesting way.  I actually found the science-speak and concepts fascinating and had to remind myself a couple of times that I was reading fiction. The basic storyline has been well outlined by other reviewers but I want to relay a few general thoughts.  This novel explores the human condition on a higher level than one normally finds in geek girl fiction.  Genius girl fiction may be a more accurate description.  The characters are complex and three dimensional.    The quality of writing is far superior as compared to those of today’s fictional standards.  Tibbs raises the bar with intelligent and entertaining writing for intelligent readers.   Along with science there is a spiritual aspect woven deeply into the storyline.  Religion and science don’t usually work well together but for the purposes of this novel they worked beautifully.  I would highly recommend “Uncertainty Principles” to readers who enjoy mentally stimulating, suspenseful thoughtful and provoking fiction.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good mystery relative to present unsettled world. Mixes science, education, personal relationships and needs of society in a quest to find a solution to a serious problem. Characters are interesting and diverse such that the reader can identify with one or more whether young or older. Book holds readers interest throughout, especially if paying close attention to subtle twists. Strongly recommended.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
The speed of new scientific discovery has been accelerating for so long that we’ve become accustomed to things becoming reality that seemed impossible just a few years prior. However, how to apply new knowledge isn’t always straightforward. Uncertainty Principles explores one potential discovery. What if it was possible to predict mass acts of human violence? (Think in terms of riots and such.) How could that information be used? Is it possible that the “cure” could have unexpected consequences, maybe even making the situation worse? While the story is looking to the future and the characters struggle with those questions, we discover a lot about the book’s core characters by considering the long-term consequences of their past decisions. A unique, compelling story. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I could not put down. I kept wanting to know what would happen next and it was always a surprise. Five college students come together for science project. The story explores the struggles and motivations of this diverse group: Brian, the jock/scientist; Kai, the unengaged student; Becky, the devout Christian; Aiyana, the devout Atheist and Dmitri, the genius in a purple cape. Their initiial intolerance, annoyance and disdain slowly changes to a measure of respect, some friendships and even attraction and love. When they stumble upon a means to predict acts of mass violence their responses have very unexpected results. Now eight years later they come together again facing the reality that the danger could very be to one of their loved ones. I struggled with them as they questioned: Should we try to change the future? If so, HOW? Or is it our responsibility? This time they face their own uncertainties, learn to forgive, accept each others shortcomings and even discover that laughter is good medicine. Uncertainty Principles made me think, made me laugh, made me cry.
gedCA More than 1 year ago
"Uncertainty can be the cornerstone of hope or the foundation of fear.”—screen 658/759 Unfortunately, I was unable to ‘connect’ with any of the times, places, storylines or characters in Krista Tibbs’ latest novel, UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLES. There simply weren’t any, “And that’s how I ended up in a garbage alley navigating pigeon poop in search of enlightenment.”, moments in this story; and I missed that. Recommendation: Sample at will. But if the first 100 or so pages/screens haven’t captured you; the remaining 600 or so probably won’t either. "It makes kids more responsible, tree-hugging, universe-contemplating, ozone-seeing adults, and gives them comfort that one day everyone they despise will burn up into space debris. It is a vital part of the national culture."--screen 36/759 "Aiyana's words fell into a void like the middle finger in a traffic jam."—screen 86/759 Barnes and Noble NOOKbook edition, 759 iPad screens.