Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics
Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense. These we call paradoxes. The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds. For example, how can a cat be both ...more
If you follow cosmology..here is another comment for you on this book. The old "10 years younger than your twin..." is not a paradox. Does not present anything like your black hole example. Simply true. everyone's frame of reference has its own time rate passage. simple. If I travel faster than you...then I age more slowly. Very NON-intuitve...hard to digest...and strange. but not a paradox.
I have seen many misuses of the word 'paradox..' most of us misuse the word. (less)
Each paradox is discussed with the utmost care to be as clear as possible. Although I had to re-read some sections to make sure I understood, overall, it was a fantastic read. What I like most is how the author takes time to explain some scientific theories ...more
Is time travel possible? That is covered in chapter 7, "The Grandfather Paradox", where Al-Khalili explains what might happen if you went back in time to murder your grandfather. Is it possible? I won't say right here, because it is definitely a spoiler.
What about the so-called "twins paradox". One ...more
As it turned out, I couldn't make myself finish this book in one effort. I ...more
I really enjoyed this bo ...more
I did really enjoy the chapters on the Game Show Paradox, Shrodinger's Cat, and Fermi's Parado ...more
It wasn't too "dumbed down" as some popular science books tend to be. Would have liked to have seen some maths in there but one can only dream.
With the popularity of shows like "The Big Bang Theory" it's not surprising that books of this sort are making their way increasingly into the awareness of the reading public. In a nutshell, I think this book tries to cover too much ground in too little time. For most of the topics covered a 300-page book just for one topic is not usually sufficient so to attempt to summarize this much material in 220 pages for 9 ...more
Paradoxes are puzzles that are logical brainteasers, and the author utilizes them in his effort ...more
Probably because I'm not a physics or math person, it was difficult for me to read this book and stay interested. Rather than staying engaged I found myself nodding off as I read. My hope of having these concepts in physics explained in a way that made sense to me was unfulfilled, which resulted in qu ...more
Actually, most of the ...more
Readers should expect only superficial coverage of topics in laymen's terms wrapped in TV courtroom strength logic. Understanding imparted by this book may provide fodder for coffeeshop conversation but could not ...more
THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP FOR THE PREVIEW
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Now it could also be just a word puzzle of some kind, but that is the kind of thing to expect from this offering by Jim Al-Khalili. The book claims to show the nine greatest enigmas in physics and it does a pretty good job of that. That is not to say that the Paradoxes shown are all unsolved, far from it; it merely mea ...more
Go read The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World. Let me know how this compares to that.
Go read The Fabric of the Heavens: The Development of Astronomy and Dynamics. Let me know how this compares to that.
Rubbish book I didn't like it at all. There's repetition, cladding out the pages with bland restatements of earlier, dull statements. I'd prefer not to compare a ...more
A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes.
Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense. These we call paradoxes. The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds. For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs?
However, emerging right from the depths of the multiple paradoxes in the world comes Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics, to explain everything to us and finally uncover many of the most amazing enigmas in the world.
Author Jim Al-Khalili could very much be considered a genius. He has prove ...more
Professor Al-Khalili writes light and fast, keeping a brisk pace throughout the book; you can even go back an re-read a chapter that you still don't quite wrap around your head, and lose almost no time at all (see what I did there?)
I was surprised of his opinion—stated a few times—that you "most likely won't have heard of this and that unless you're a physics student" ...more
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