- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (21 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241952700
- ISBN-13: 978-0241952702
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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A scientific match made in heaven...as breezily a written accessible account of the theory of quantum mechanics as you could wish for - from the Planck constant to the Higgs particle and everything theoretically in between (Observer)
Mindblowing ... what is novel about this attempt is that the writers take an intellectual rather than a historical approach ... it is a surprisingly rich idea that allows the authors to avoid using too much mathematics (Christopher Potter Sunday Times)
[Cox and Forshaw] stand together at the cutting edge of their discipline ... despite their elevated status, both men remain tiggerishly excitable about their subject ... Cox and Forshaw's book is a carefully guided tour through this quantum world ... popularize[s] without dumbing down (Christopher Cook Financial Times)
A thrilling voyage into the subatomic world (The Economist Books of the Year)
With brightness and gusto, the opening chapters deal with the culture shock that thinking about the sub-atomic world entails ...They are good at drawing connections between seemingly esoteric theory and everyday practicalities (Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday)
The rock star of science... In Quantum Universe they do a great job of bringing a difficult subject to life (Hannah Devlin The Times)
Breaks the rules of popular science writing...admirably shies away from dumbing down...the authors' love for their subject-matter shines through the book (The Economist)
Admirably, Cox and Forshaw...treat topics that do not usually show up in popular books...readers will enjoy this engaging, ambitious and creative tour of our quantum universe (David Kaiser The Guardian)
By explaining theories about the world, Cox and Forshaw show that the workings of the universe can be understood by us all (Fanny Blake Woman & Home)
From the writers of Why Does E equal mc2?, a highly engaging and accessible explanation of Quantum Mechanics and why it matters. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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I'm a retired Electronics Engineer, so I'm reasonably familiar with wave theory,Fourier analysis,vectors and the like, and it was reassuring to know that abstract probability waves could be treated in a very similar way to any electromagnetic waves such as light or sound waves. The authors choose to represent their amplitude and phase by "clocks" (why don't they just call them "vectors"?)and with great enthusiasm spend rather a lot of tedious time manipulating them. I think it would be better if they had concentrated on expounding the principles and leaving out much of the calculation. As an oldie, I am too mentally lazy to follow such detail, and I suspect I am not alone in this respect among potential readers. It is not that the individual steps are so difficult to follow; it is more that it is hard to retain all that has gone before when taking the next step. I do blame the authors for the densely packed way they present the information; I have recently read John Gribbin's book "In Search of Schroedinger's Cat", which I found gives a much more digestible overall view of the subject. So I would not recommend the book under review to the layman in search of an easy introduction to quantum mechanics.
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A quite brilliant feat to produce something so accessible without ducking the attempt at genuine explanations and reasoning.Published 6 months ago by Paul Baker
Perfect. Delivered on time and the product was exactly as describedPublished 7 months ago by cormac
in the process of reading - somewhere halfway through the book. absolutely marvelous if onlya little too heavy on physics, but i like that even though most of the formulas are... Read morePublished 8 months ago by IstaKau
Bought this for my friend who enjoys watching documentaries about Brian Cox, he also has the odd book...here is another one to add to the collection!Published 9 months ago by Kat