- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (Sept. 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553341030
- ISBN-13: 978-0553342536
- ASIN: 0553342533
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality Paperback – 1 Sep 1984
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Part history book and part remedial physics text for those who lost interest when the equations started getting unintuitive, In Search of Schrödinger's Cat explains quantum physics in a way that's not only clear, but also enjoyable.
Gribbin opens with the subjects that most physics professors have just started to examine by the end of term: the mysterious character of light; the valence concept in Nils Bohr's atomic model; radioactive decay; and the physics of life-defining DNA all get clear, comprehensive and witty coverage. This book reveals the beauty and mystery that underlies everything in the universe.
Does this book claim to explain quantum physics without maths? No. Maths is too central to physics to be bypassed. But if you can do basic algebra, you can understand the equations in In Search of Schrödinger's Cat. Gribbin is the physics teacher everyone should have in high school or college: kind without being a pushover, knowledgeable without being condescending, and clearly expressive without being boring. Gribbin's book belongs on the shelf of every pre-calculus student. It also deserves a place in the library of everyone who was scared away from advanced physics prematurely. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A gripping account of the history of quantum mechanics and a clear description of its significance - and weirdness. Absolutely fascinating" (Isaac Asimov)
"Precise yet mysterious... as beautiful as a poem and as exciting as a novel" (The Sunday Times)
"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it" (Niels Bohr) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It accurately and succinctly introduces the reader to the alien world of the very small, the world of particle physics and it's associated theory area, Quantum Mechanics. The book details the history of this study area in enough detail to satisfy those with some prior knowledge and yet will also keep the reader that is perhaps new to the Scientific arena interested throughout. Although clearly not a fictional work the "plot" follows the illuminate of Mathematics and Physics who, in the early part of this century, laid the ground work for a hugely productive area of science. It neatly explores sub-plots that highlight supporting narrative about the key figures, the mathematics they used, the air of discovery, political diversions and war across the Lab Benches as classical physics, led by Einstein, sort to push the Quantum lobby to the very limit of absolute understanding.
There are equations and experimental examples but not enough to disrupt a thoroughly good read for people without prior mathematical experience. Perhaps not quite enough for those that crave the quadratic or the matrix mechanic?
A great way to open a fascinating new way of viewing the universe(s)..!
Contrary to the previous A-Level student's opinion I found John Gribbon's In search of Schrodinger's cat a brilliant read. I felt that the book provided a firm history of the theories simplified in the classroom. It enabled me to further my school studies by discussing the history of scientists such as Boltzman, Avagadro, Newton, Einstein and Planck, all of whom I had already encountered, and firmly asserted their place in modern day Physics.
Admittedly I am not overly competent at Science but I found the book to be, when I set my mind to it, straightforward and understandable. Admittedly there were a few points at which I had to flick back a few pages just to make sure I had grasped the concepts Gribbin was explaining but that was half the beauty of the book.
Personally I thouroughly enjoyed reading about Schrodinger's Cat and and I eagerly await the arrival of my copy of the sequel Schrodinger's Kittens. If you have a newly developed interest in the basics of quantum mechanics and are unsure of how to begin this is a fantastic start and if you already know the basics it is still a very enjoyable read!
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I enjoyed reading this, but I’m not sure it quite hit the target of explaining high end scientific reasoning without providing sufficient detail of the theories. Read morePublished 14 days ago by ESES
To appreciate this book you'll need a good background in maths or physics. It's to the author's credit that he does not pull any punches, and does not seek to simplify things that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JULIANTHEBARBARIAN
really gets me thinking and yes, it does make a great deal of sense. The way the book is written makes the content easily accessible and easy to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love everything about it, from even the cover to the pace and structure of the book. It is really fascinating, particularly the final few chapters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L W
A nice read actually. Not a bad first book to read if you want to cover the topic quickly, it covers a lot of ground in fewer pages than most books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MR DN SHAW
This is a fantastic book if one is just attempting, for the first time, to come to terms with the puzzling yet fascinating world of quantum theory. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TC
One of my favourite reads in Science for some time. I find John Gribbin not only knows his subject well but he also has quite a talent for disseminating it to a wider audience.Published 7 months ago by Science customer