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The Quantum Story by Jim Baggott
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Jul 12, 2011

it was ok
Read in July, 2011

The audience for this book might be the second or third year physics student. The book's detail obscures the story for those who need an introduction.

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 loops of force" that form a lattice, resulting in intersecting loops that stitch "together the very fabric of the universe." This sort of observation stimulates interest but, unfortunately, Baggott doesn't 'dumb it down' for the novitiate. With this book I had hoped for a story but got a detailed, technically-oriented account instead.

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Gendou My degree is computer science, and I've read a lot of pop-physics book. This is a good one precisely because it is technically-oriented. Such a treasure is hard to find.

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