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# The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

by
Jim Baggott

Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the twenty-first century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level. Niels Bohr claim...more

Hardcover, 320 pages

Published
April 15th 2011
by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published February 24th 2011)

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This book begins by describing rival theories of physics in the early 1900s between the atomists and those who saw a continuous and harmonious flow of energy in the cosmos. The rest of the book is a blow-by-blow account of how quantum physics has brought these two theories closer together. Toward the end of the book, the author writes about "closed...more

Sep 08, 2013
BetseaK
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As a historical overview of the development of quantum physics, this book was worth reading and, regarding the exposition of the quantum concepts and phenomena, it may be that it is good enough if you’re a physicist or someone already well-versed in confusing technical terminology and the underlying mathematics.

However, my experience with this book is that the technical terminology (though probably conventionally accepted) is too loose and too vaguely defined for the layperson. So, to my sorrow...more

However, my experience with this book is that the technical terminology (though probably conventionally accepted) is too loose and too vaguely defined for the layperson. So, to my sorrow...more

I was expecting a plain and simple explanation of Quantum theory for the non-physicist but this book goes into a lot of detail that a physics student could benefit from.

In total honesty, I couldn’t wait for it to be over but I’m glad I made it to the last page the same way as running 0.2 miles after running 26 miles before for the whole 26.2 of a marathon.

Although there is not really any mathematics in the book, the author does go into a bit more technical detail than is usual in popular histories of this sort. Since I have a mathematical background,...more

It starts by introducing quantum theory, what it is, and the famous first interpretation suggested by Niels Bohr. To my surprise, it didn't mention the second most famous interpr...more

It's almost impossible to find a book explaining the quantum story - in part because the story is still in flux.

I recommend the book to anyone interested in understanding quan...more

Read if you liked Physics in school.

Nov 14, 2011
Kathy Cowley
marked it as to-read

I got through the first 40 pages and thought it was brilliant... however, I don't have a strong (or recent enough) physics base to read the rest at this point. One of my goals is to learn more about physics... once I do, I'll come back to this book.

Oct 18, 2012
Nick Howard
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Not for everyone. I do recommend a little science background. So great to read. So much fun, so much intrigue

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