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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult ideas explained very clearly
Einstein say that everything should be as simple as possible - but no simpler. Quantum theory can only be properly explained (if it can) with advanced mathematics, and the ideas behind it go against all of our ordinary ideas of common sense, so it is quite an achievement to write a clear account with only one equation (Einstein's e = mc squared), and not surprising that...
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Ok but a little dry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult ideas explained very clearly, 3 Nov. 2014
This review is from: 50 Quantum Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) (Kindle Edition)
Einstein say that everything should be as simple as possible - but no simpler. Quantum theory can only be properly explained (if it can) with advanced mathematics, and the ideas behind it go against all of our ordinary ideas of common sense, so it is quite an achievement to write a clear account with only one equation (Einstein's e = mc squared), and not surprising that it is one of the editors of Nature who has done it. She hasn't been constrained by the list of 50 things to include, but maintains a coherent thread throughout the book, and is as up to date as a book published in 2013 could be.
The book is well presented, apart from the panels, mostly biographical information, which are printed grey upon grey, legible only in a good light.
I spotted only one error, or perhaps oversimplification. "in 1862 he (Maxwell) showed ... and eleven years later he published his four equations of electromagnetism." In fact he published 20 equations in 20 unknowns, and it was Oliver Heaviside who in 1884 used vector notation to combine them into four equations. Still known as "Maxwell's equations" they are subtlety different from Maxwell's originals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quantum physics, 50 things you really need to know., 23 Jan. 2014
I bought two books one called the particle at the end of the universe and this one. I found myself reading both at the same time and they worked well together explaining things from each book. For a study book this is superb!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of the subject., 24 May 2014
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Very well constructed chapters that describe each 'idea' in a clear way, with summaries and timelines for each idea, whilst also leading you through the historical development of quantum physics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good shot at a large subject, 26 April 2014
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An interesting tour of the field taking in a wide range of associated developments . Maybe short on details but the wider view it presents is satisfying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Feb. 2015
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Very well explained - and enjoyed the writing style
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 15 Sept. 2014
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Ok but a little dry
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 23 Oct. 2014
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badly written.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another failed attempt at the impossible, 7 Jan. 2014
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This book tries to explain quantum mechanics without mathematics or even graphics describing the experiments. The result is a big failure to add to the many that have tried to do the same thing before. You have been warned. I suggest Ohanian's Modern Physics instead. My true rating is ZERO Stars.
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