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The Wizard of Quarks: A Fantasy of Particle Physics

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Get ready to take another fantastic journey with physicist and author Robert Gilmore, this time with Dorothy, following the yellow building block road through the land of the Wizard of Quarks. Using characters and situations based on the universally known story, The Wizard of Oz, we learn along the way about the fascinating world of particle physics. Classes of particles, ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published September 21st 2001 by Copernicus Books (first published November 3rd 2000)
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Flew Flewelling
Apr 26, 2015 Flew Flewelling rated it really liked it
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When I picked this book up, I was expecting to learn a little more about particle physics in a unique and entertaining way. It took me two tries to get through. I think the first time I was expecting more on the entertaining side. After a couple of months and realizing that it wasn't as much entertainment as using the story of the Wizard of Oz to teach the basics, i made it through on my second pass.

The Wizard of Oz was as good a choice as any for this topic. I will definitely remember the four
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Julian Onions
Aug 26, 2015 Julian Onions rated it it was amazing
Very clever explanation of the four forces, based loosely on the wizard or Oz. Some details make more sense, I think you can read it at a number of levels. Probaly not for everyone though!
Rebekha G.
Mar 15, 2010 Rebekha G. rated it it was amazing
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Having been enamored by the Movie "What the bleep do we know", I decided to look into a few of the experimental, particle and quantum physicists(among a multitude of other scientists) interviewed for and in the movie. This is one such scientists. He is a particle physicist, and makes a pretty good attempt at simplifying an extremely complex discipline for those plebeians among us who want to understating the basics.
DavidO
Apr 02, 2013 DavidO rated it it was ok
It covers a lot of information about quantum physics, but I was hoping it would be funnier and more entertaining and less educational.
Vicky
May 28, 2012 Vicky marked it as to-read
I got about 12 pages in before getting confused. I'll try again when I feel like devoting more mental energy to a book.
Adrienne
Jul 18, 2010 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
Another made of win sciencey parody of awesome books. Particle physics make so much sense with this. :D
Jon Earnshaw
Dec 11, 2012 Jon Earnshaw rated it it was amazing
Brilliant - read with Alice in Quantumland
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