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Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics Hardcover – 21 Jul 1995


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Copernicus; 1995 edition (21 July 1995)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0387914951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387914954
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a 15yr old student and didn't really know anything about Quantum Physics - other than that it was supposed to be really difficult, complex and beyond the average person's intelligence. This book taught me quite a lot and I found it interesting(which can't be said for a lot of physics books) and informative. The only problem was that when I got to the last page, there was still more that I didn't really understand - as if there should have been more pages, it inspired me to find out more about the subject as well. I think that this book definetly deserves all five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2000
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This book manages to carry off the near impossible trick of succeeding on two levels: For those who are already familiar with the science in provides a superbly entertaining pastiche of the original - together with clarification of things we THOUGHT we understood before. On the other side however when used as a means of gently introducing the very non-intuitive ideas of quantum physics to (for example) a school physics class, it manages to convey the basic facts and fundamental strangeness of the quantum world to a group who would have run a mile at the sight of the Schrodinger equation. Brilliant...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 1998
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I had attempted to read several writings geared toward introduction to quantum theories and practices,without any real understanding of what was being said. Then I stumbled across this book, and with it's easy to follow format and great illustrations of ideas, I now have an understanding I can apply to the previously read works. This book has proven invaluable to my studies and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this field of study. It is informative and makes the information easier to retain with amusing visual memory aides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 1999
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Alice in Quantumland is a fantastic Book for anyone who wants to understand the mysteries of Quantium Physics, but dosn't think they are intelligent enough to read along with the professors. It presents the mysteries of the universe in a (fairly)simple, easy to read format, and there are 'footnotes' at the bottom of many pages to explain further (although you may want a scientific dictionary some of the time!!). An all-round good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Alice in Wonderland metaphor fits the subject perfectly and Gilmore does a fantastic job of catching the tone and feel of the original. He manages to make many subtle concepts understandable in an entertaining manner. Everyone in our family has read it and enjoyed it, even those who don't normally like science texts. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants an overview of Quantum Physics!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaexD on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
My dad was reading this, and he told me about some of the quantum concepts in the book when I was 16. Fascinated, I picked it up and started reading when it was lying around the house. It is not a mathematical book, but it will introduce confusing concepts in a way that you can start to understand. This was the book that made me decide I wanted to study physics at university, an excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By styleeman@hotmail.com on 7 Mar. 2001
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This book is exceptional. Gilmore has a great skill of manipulating various everyday situations and then showing them in a quantumland that allows the reader to comprehend this complex and obscure idea, that is normally very hard to understand. I also recommend that other one by him about Mr Tompkins holiday or something to explain the complex ideas about relativity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
When my son was ten, I read this to him as bedtime reading. We had a LOT of laughs. It's a great way to get the feel of quantum mechanics and have fun at the same time.
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