Mar 12, 08
Read in March, 2008
An interesting history of the scientific revolution of the early 20th century in which the predictable clockwork of Newtonian physics was smashed by quantum theory, in which things exist only if we look at them, events can happen for no reason and cats may be simultaneously living and dead. Although not well understood, this theory has produced a litany of amazing inventions, including lasers, microprocessors, nuclear power and genetic engineering.
On the downside, Gribbon's writing is dense and wandering, and so many names and discoveries are thrown at that at the end of a chapter I couldn't remember who discovered what. I also found his preference for the parallel universe explanation a bit silly and unneccessary, but it does leave the reader with a sense of the stunning implications of these discoveries.