From the Back Cover
The Big Questions series confronts the fundamental problems of science and philosophy that have perplexed enquiring minds throughout history, and provides and explains the answers of our greatest thinkers. In Big Questions: Physics, Michael Brooks demystifies 20 mind-stretching questions about quantum physics, relativity and the true nature of reality.
What is the Point of Physics?
What is Time?
What Happened to Schrödinger's Cat?
Why Does an Apple Fall?
Are Solids Really Solid?
Why is There No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?
Is Everything Ultimately Random?
What is the God Particle?
Am I Unique in the Universe?
Can We Travel Through Time?
Why Does E=MC2?
Can I Change the Universe with a Single Glance?
Is Earth's Magnetic Shield Failing?
Does Chaos Theory Spell Disaster?
What is Light?
Is String Theory Really About Strings?
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Do We Live in a Computer Simulation?
Which is Nature's Strongest Force?
What is the Ultimate Nature of Reality?
About the Author
Michael Brooks, author of the acclaimed 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, holds a PhD in quantum physics. He is a journalist and broadcaster, and acts a physics and cosmology consultant to New Scientist magazine. He has lectured at Cambridge University, the American Museum of Natural History and New York University, and his writing has appeared in many national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer and the Times Higher.