Top positive review
A brilliant book, pitched perfectly, with clear, concise messages in well-researched two-page articles.
on 5 June 2017
Most books on Quantum Physics either treat the reader like a child, and have funny pictures of cats with crosses where their eyes should be, or are at the other end, with huge equations and discussions of eigen spin states.
This one sets out, with 50 clearly-written, well researched short articles, to explain the origins of Quantum Physics, its major players, their various struggles of ideology, and how they came to conclude what they did. There are delightful anecdotes, and wonderful ties between the articles. They also have a nice timeline at the bottom, and sometimes figures to explain complex ideas.
I want to be honest with you: Quantum Physics really needs you to decouple the reasoning centre of your brain in order to accept the things it's trying to say. It's not to say it's hard, it's just (largely) nonsensical in a classical situation. And Quantum Physicists tend to fall back on maths to say "look, the maths! It works" as a way of avoiding having to try and explain it in a more wordy, less precise way. So, avoiding maths, this book isn't going to be a complete guide. You won't be able to build an inter-dimensional drive using it, or even understand the underlying maths of the /why/. BUT you will understand HOW they got where they did, and HOW the rough theories hang together. If you're expecting to be the next Stephen Hawking reading this, you'll be disappointed. If you want visitors to see it on the coffee table, pick it up, read a segment, and put it down knowing a little more, then this is the book for you...
As a 'coffee table' book, this is brilliant. I have it on the shelf with a few other "50 ... ideas" books, and often find myself perusing this one just to idly read the articles.