Alice finds herself within an atom, talks to electrons and other particles and many phantasyful creatures & has many adventures in Quantumland. Essential features of the quantum world are laid out by Robert Gilmore, and all is written clear and very accessible. It is about the basic concepts of Quantum theory seen by the allegory of Alice in Wonderland with a little feeling of Flatland. Should & could be interesting for readers from twelve years on. Physics made fun and entertaining, recommended.
I am a 15yr old student and didn't really know anything about Quantum Physics - other than that it was supposed to be really difficult, complex and beyond the average person's intelligence. This book taught me quite a lot and I found it interesting(which can't be said for a lot of physics books) and informative. The only problem was that when I got to the last page, there was still more that I didn't really understand - as if there should have been more pages, it inspired me to find out more about the subject as well. I think that this book definetly deserves all five stars.
My dad was reading this, and he told me about some of the quantum concepts in the book when I was 16. Fascinated, I picked it up and started reading when it was lying around the house. It is not a mathematical book, but it will introduce confusing concepts in a way that you can start to understand. This was the book that made me decide I wanted to study physics at university, an excellent read.
This book manages to carry off the near impossible trick of succeeding on two levels: For those who are already familiar with the science in provides a superbly entertaining pastiche of the original - together with clarification of things we THOUGHT we understood before. On the other side however when used as a means of gently introducing the very non-intuitive ideas of quantum physics to (for example) a school physics class, it manages to convey the basic facts and fundamental strangeness of the quantum world to a group who would have run a mile at the sight of the Schrodinger equation. Brilliant...
Alice in Quantumland is a fantastic Book for anyone who wants to understand the mysteries of Quantium Physics, but dosn't think they are intelligent enough to read along with the professors. It presents the mysteries of the universe in a (fairly)simple, easy to read format, and there are 'footnotes' at the bottom of many pages to explain further (although you may want a scientific dictionary some of the time!!). An all-round good book.
The Alice in Wonderland metaphor fits the subject perfectly and Gilmore does a fantastic job of catching the tone and feel of the original. He manages to make many subtle concepts understandable in an entertaining manner. Everyone in our family has read it and enjoyed it, even those who don't normally like science texts. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants an overview of Quantum Physics!
This book is exceptional. Gilmore has a great skill of manipulating various everyday situations and then showing them in a quantumland that allows the reader to comprehend this complex and obscure idea, that is normally very hard to understand. I also recommend that other one by him about Mr Tompkins holiday or something to explain the complex ideas about relativity.
I had attempted to read several writings geared toward introduction to quantum theories and practices,without any real understanding of what was being said. Then I stumbled across this book, and with it's easy to follow format and great illustrations of ideas, I now have an understanding I can apply to the previously read works. This book has proven invaluable to my studies and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this field of study. It is informative and makes the information easier to retain with amusing visual memory aides.