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This review is from: The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I passed A level physics and actually did part of an engineering degree (40 years ago) so I dont think I am a complete dummy though 50 years out of date when it comes to these sort of discussions. I have tried for years to find a really comprehensible book that lets me begin to think I might just be getting the quantum thing at long last. This book is not it, leastways, not for me. Trouble is, all these books begin by making you believe that you will really begin to understand what all these clever wallahs with several degrees ranging from nuclear to astrophysics, through advanced maths with a bit of chemistry chucked in, are talking about. If you want to find out if this book is the key to unlocking the door of understanding, you will need to work pretty hard at it. The epilogue, entitled the death of stars, comes with a health warning; fair enough, but if it needs that, its certainly not for the man in the street. It left me quite numb and reaching for the gin.
If you are ready for this sort of stuff and I quote p177 "Dont be fooled into thinking there is something tricky going on." (You cannot be serious!!!) "All we are doing is writing down in a fancy shorthand something we already knew: take the clock at X3 and time zero and figure out by how much to turn and shrink it corresponding to the particle making the journey from X3 to X at some time T later and then repeat that for all of the other time-zero clocks and finally add all of the clocks together according to the clock-adding rule".
I surrender! you may be ready for this, but I am not. I gave it a three because I guess he does know what he is talking about. But I am still baffled.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2011 12:15:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2011 12:18:33 GMT
Mr. David J. Watson says:
Haha I enjoyed the quotes you have posted there. Jeff Foreshaw lectured me at Manchester University on this precise topic - I can see his teaching style coming through there. He's a genius of a guy and I would say any book written by him will probably not compromise much on the scientific content so if you want an easy read this book is probably not going to be it!
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 18:56:15 GMT
Ronald Haak says:
Your review was just right for me. I'll avoid this book and stay in the worlds of Hindu myths, metaphysics and opera. Tempus fugit.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 21:56:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 21:57:31 GMT
Why assume he knows what he's talking about? If he can't explain it, and if he reads just like his predecessors, using the same diagrams, making the same jokes, omiting the same stuff, you're probably in the realm of theology rather than science. I think Cox is a phoney.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 20:10:45 BDT
Shushanto Bose says:
Well Hindu myths, metaphysics and opera are for people who "get" (or at least want to get) the real world, not for people who don't. These pursuits are not meant as an escape from the World, rather as an introduction to being enlightened on it. You find it difficult to follow the book; fine. But that doesn't mean you give up! Have you read "Six Easy Pieces" by Feynman? A brilliant introduction to the world of science. Start with that. There's also "Six Not so Easy Pieces" by the same author, and "QED" too. If you want to actually learn Physics, crack open "Fundamentals of Physics", by Halliday, Resnick and Walker, a great introductory textbook on physics for non-physicists (such as engineers). Have you done A-level maths or further maths? If you have, brush up on it before starting your quest.
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 17:37:17 GMT
A. jenkins says:
The second paragraph has persuaded me that this book , although obviously amazing , isn't for me !
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