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A bit disappointing, not a patch on Feynman,
This review is from: The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen (Hardcover)
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OK, so I've got a Physics degree lurking in my background from 20 odd years ago and I found this book quite hard work. In fact I think I was at Manchester about the time Brian Cox was there.
They decide to use the 'clock' approach to explaining Quantum mechanics which they've borrowed from Richard Feynman, unfortunately they're not as gifted as him.
I found this approach really confusing, I read the epilogue first about the black hole or Chandrasekhar mass limit. This was great, I always love astronomy and a practical application of the Physics was really interesting. However the bulk of the rest of the book is too abstract and impractical for my tastes. It gets better as it goes along. I found the rejection of Philosophy implied in the text quite irritating too, they use Popper's verification Principle at one point without crediting him, which they would never do with a scientist. My own opinion is that the best scientists are good Philosophers, and only mediocre scientists need to rubbish other fields.
So intermittently worth reading it improves as it goes along, Feynaman's QED - The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Penguin Press Science) is much better.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2012 15:52:16 GMT
I agree, I am very interested in physics, but I find it very difficult. I got completely bored by the chapter on clocks, which when I bought Feynman's book just after, I realised they did rip off, which seemed a bit stupid. I found the witty asides although sometimes interesting, a little bit irritating as they did tend to stop the flow of understanding rather than compliment the information. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2012 18:50:06 GMT
A. I. Mackenzie says:
Yes, I would agree.
The asides are a bit grating, glad you found the Feynman book under your own steam.
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