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# The Quantum Universe

The authors of the international bestseller "Why Does E=mc2?" present a simple theory that leads to concrete and quite astonishing predictions for the natural world

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Published
January 1st 2012
by Da Capo Press
(first published 2011)

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I think other reviews have summed the problem up correctly. To explain certain aspects of quantum mechanics the authors latched onto an analogy with clocks. It was fine at first and I understood what was going on. But then it was expanded upon ...more

Its clearly trying to explain Quantum Theory for 'the layperson' - those that aren't scientists or mathematicians. That's a problem, because Quantum Theory is really rather complicated. In order to try and explain how wave addition works, the authors come up with what they obviously believe is a very straightforward mechanism to do with clocks. Only it takes them so long ...more

“The Quantum Universe" is the interesting book about the subatomic realm. Well known physicist and science celebrity Brian Cox along with fellow physicist Jeff Forshaw take us into the intimidating world of quantum mechanics. Using the latest in scientific understanding and creative analogies these scientists make complex topics accessible to the masses. This 272-page book is composed of the following eleven chapters: 1. Something Strange Is Af ...more

The reason The Quantum Universe will disappoint ...more

It also seemed to me that f ...more

I have this sneaking suspicion that in trying to make a quantum physics book that is accessible to a layperson, while still includi ...more

With quantum physics relying so much on maths to be explained, it seems rather glib to claim you don't need to understand it, but then again how could they have sold this as a pop-science book if you needed a degree in maths to r ...more

Now I know how to respond to all the Deepak Chopra wanna-bes and fans of "What the Bleep Do We Know" who think there's something mystical in their misunderstanding of quantum mechanics. And I understand what the Higgs Boson is!

In common with other reviewers, I had trouble with the use of multitudes of little clocks that fill the universe to represent waves. I found myself ...more

I was hoping that if anyone could make QM accessible to the layman it would be Prof. Brain Cox. Sadly, in my opinion, this isn't the case.

The book starts with a brief history of the beginning of the subject (which I found interesting), but when the author starts to describe the actual theory things start to u ...more

**Overview**

"The Quantum Universe" is an approachable book that attempts to explain the mathematical ideas underpinning modern quantum theory. In this regard, it is quite different than most other books of its kind. Take Brian Greene's brilliant "The Fabric of the Cosmos," for instance: whereas Greene attempts to provide intuitive descriptions of quantum phenomena, Cox and Forshaw attempt to provide intuition for the

*mathematics*of quantum theory. In other words, whereas most pop modern physics book ...more

1. Not like I came out of this none the wiser, but I'm not exactly Carl Sagan now.

2. I'm down with the approach the authors used to explore quantum physics, but really the clock ansatz did

**not**work for me at all.

3. Will probably hunt for more 'elementary' books next time, if that's possible.

Another common problem with quantum theory is that many things get misrepresented by science-writers. This book also explains the theoretical truth behind some of those misrepresentations.

Quantum theory defies logic and ...more

There are some thin books on the topic, which stay at the level of vague analogy regarding the science, and then focus more on personalities.

And there are the textbooks for those who really learn it.

And then there are philosophical tomes which have no relation at all to the science, and which merely exploit suggestive phrases o ...more

It reminded me a bit like watching a fantasy film or an opera, if you suspend your disbelieve sufficiently and accept that the robot car can become a walking robot three times the size and have sentience, or that the large lady in the horned hat is seductive, or that a particle can be everywhere in the univers ...more

Also, this is supposed to be a book for non-mathematicians, yet there are equations everywhere. This is the same for 'Why does E=mc^2?' too. I myself h ...more

And so it proved. I suspect to say that I understood 10% of the book might be optimistic - but I did not put in a great deal of effort into doing so, I was along for the ride. I think I may have learned something of what it feels like to be dyslexic ...more

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QM, Evolution, And NS | 1 | 17 | Apr 11, 2012 08:46AM |

**Brian Edward Cox, OBE**(born 3 March 1968) is a British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, PPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. He is working on the R& ...more

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Brendon wrote: "Hmmm I'm not too sure Lilo. I have mainly encountered QM through my studies rather than gen science books. I would like to meet one so...moreDec 05, 2014 09:52AM