Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed
Along the way he examines the paradox of quantum mechanics—beautifully mathematical in theory but confoundingly unpredictable in the real world. Marvel at the Dual Slit experiment as a tiny atom passes through 2 separate openings at the ...more
What I lov ...more
I really couldn't rate this book in all fairness because I'm way too conflicted about it. The author had a wonderful voice, and the book is beautifully illustrated. I seriously give him five stars for effort. He really, really tried to make this stuff understandable. He used examples. He used pictures. He didn't use sophisticated lan...more
Al-Khalili argues that the tradition wave-particle view being the main feature of quantum physics is limited (and has somewhat poisoned the water in picturing quantum physics)
The author talks about the different schools of thoughts / interpretations of which none are perfect .He adheres to the shut up and calculate school of QP.
Some feel. if two ...more
I read this one right after How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, so this review is sort of a part 2.
The strength of Orzel was his heroic attempts to provide concrete analogies to help us understand quantum mechanics in relation to, well, things we can relate to.
The strength of Al-Khalili, on the other hand, was to make painfully clear that quantum mechanics only makes sense as math and can not be related to reality as we think we know it in an ...more
The author doesn't spend too much effort to come up with complicated metaphors as that would defeat the purpose of the book, to explain and elucidate. The author stresses "this doesn't make in ...more
Most of the physicists fully understand the mathematics behinds quantum theory but they refuse to think on it, ...more
For anyone looking to understand quantum theory, mechanics, and research just a bit further, ...more
I see myself as a science enthusiast but can't speak numbers myself.
I found this book heavier than my usual cup of tea but have enjoyed it none the less.
It took me on a very confusing journey of understanding.
From understanding very little, to suddenly getting some of it and back to seeing how little I actually understand.
What I can tell you after finishing this book is that I understand Quantum mechanics better than I did before :)
A bit fr ...more
This is definitely not a light and easy read, as the subject is completely removed from our usual understanding of the world.
It is the most in depth explanation of quantum physics that I may hope to half understand.
Excellent writing as usual.
I'm still perplexed
I love quantum mechanics. I just don't understand it. It is to me like embracing yes and no at the same time, like believing and not believing in the same instant, like being and not being as one. Yes, Virginia there is something beyond our understanding. And the wonderful thing about the postmodern world is that we know for a certainty (in as much as we can be certain about anything) that we really don't understand thi ...more
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