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# The Quantum Universe

The authors of the international bestseller "Why Does E=mc2?" present a simple theory that leads to concrete and quite astonishing predictions for the natural world

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Published
January 1st 2012
by Da Capo Press
(first published 2011)

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I think other reviews have summed the problem up correctly. To explain certain aspects of quantum mechanics the authors latched onto an analogy with clocks. It was fine at first and I understood what was going on. But then it was expanded upon ...more

Its clearly trying to explain Quantum Theory for 'the layperson' - those that aren't scientists or mathematicians. That's a problem, because Quantum Theory is really rather complicated. In order to try and explain how wave addition works, the authors come up with what they obviously believe is a very straightforward mechanism to do with clocks. Only it takes them so long ...more

The reason The Quantum Universe will disappoint ...more

“The Quantum Universe" is the interesting book about the subatomic realm. Well known physicist and science celebrity Brian Cox along with fellow physicist Jeff Forshaw take us into the intimidating world of quantum mechanics. Using the latest in scientific understanding and creative analogies these scientists make complex topics accessible to the masses. This 272-page book is composed of the following eleven chapters: 1. Something Strange Is Af ...more

I have this sneaking suspicion that in trying to make a quantum physics book that is accessible to a layperson, while still includi ...more

Dec 11, 2015
Jim
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quantum-physics

So what was the tipping point that caused me to read a popular book on Quantum Physics (QP) after years of successfully avoiding the topic ? It was running into this Webpost on Quantum Computing and it's video

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/12/evol... .

This is less of a review and more of my idea and notes holding areas found on Quantum Physics. Sources material includes this book , Quantum Physics For Poets and others I may read over time. Also some video and web resources ( Nova Special recomme ...more

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/12/evol... .

This is less of a review and more of my idea and notes holding areas found on Quantum Physics. Sources material includes this book , Quantum Physics For Poets and others I may read over time. Also some video and web resources ( Nova Special recomme ...more

It also seemed to me that f ...more

Oct 07, 2012
Naomi
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This was an incredibly fascinating yet baffling book. I am quite ashamed to admit that I was confused by Chapter 3! The concept of tiny clocks as a method of understanding quantum waves was so abstract and unusual that I frequently had to remind myself what the clocks were actually representing. Nevertheless, I was perpetually amazed and astonished by the insights into the quantum world that this book elucidated, and I thoroughly enjoyed being forced out of my comfort zone, and having my perspec
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With quantum physics relying so much on maths to be explained, it seems rather glib to claim you don't need to understand it, but then again how could they have sold this as a pop-science book if you needed a degree in maths to r ...more

Now I know how to respond to all the Deepak Chopra wanna-bes and fans of "What the Bleep Do We Know" who think there's something mystical in their misunderstanding of quantum mechanics. And I understand what the Higgs Boson is!

**Overview**

"The Quantum Universe" is an approachable book that attempts to explain the mathematical ideas underpinning modern quantum theory. In this regard, it is quite different than most other books of its kind. Take Brian Greene's brilliant "The Fabric of the Cosmos," for instance: whereas Greene attempts to provide intuitive descriptions of quantum phenomena, Cox and Forshaw attempt to provide intuition for the

*mathematics*of quantum theory. In other words, whereas most pop modern physics book ...more

In common with other reviewers, I had trouble with the use of multitudes of little clocks that fill the universe to represent waves. I found mysel ...more

Jun 12, 2013
Judyta Szaciłło
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it was amazing
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natural-sciences

This is the most serious piece of literature on the subject that I have ever braved. I stopped pretending half-way through the book and skipped all the remaining descriptions of equasions ("chalk talk", as it is called throughout the text), but I appreciate that they are by no means redundant, as the book aims to demonstrate the mathematical basis of quantum physics. There is plenty of commentary in between the equasions, and it does help to gain at least a vague idea of what they show.

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I was hoping that if anyone could make QM accessible to the layman it would be Prof. Brain Cox. Sadly, in my opinion, this isn't the case.

The book starts with a brief history of the beginning of the subject (which I found interesting), but when the author starts to describe the actual theory things start to u ...more

Or maybe it was because I read this book with prior knowledge that I had such a hard time. In any case, it wasn't like the other book of Brian C ...more

1. Not like I came out of this none the wiser, but I'm not exactly Carl Sagan now.

2. I'm down with the approach the authors used to explore quantum physics, but really the clock ansatz did

**not**work for me at all.

3. Will probably hunt for more 'elementary' books next time, if that's possible.

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**Brian Edward Cox, OBE**(born 3 March 1968) is a British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, PPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. He is working on the R& ...more

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