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Quantum Physics for Poets by Leon M. Lederman
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Oct 19, 11

Read from September 12 to October 19, 2011

Over the last few years my non fiction reading has veered more and more to science books for the general reader. I recently discovered I had a big hole in my general science knowledge in the understanding of quantum physics. I spent a few months looking for the best introductory text on the subject and was frustrated for various reasons. When Leon Lederman (with Christopher Hill) released his intro text "Quantum Physics for Poets" I decided why not. Aside from a few quotes the "Poets" aspect is a title gimmick but still I chose well. His introduction places this book as good for college freshman it didn't feel like a textbook. But experience as a teacher shines through as he clearly understands where the non science minded will get tripped up. The book easily walked through the hard concepts and repeated basic ideas throughout the book. While I am still confused in a lot of ways reading "Poets" has opened the door on the field for me. I already have found that reading the book has brought a greater depth of understanding to the science articles I read in the news every day. So I suggest this is a great place to start. Now to string theory...
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