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Introducing quantum theory (Graphic Guides)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  778 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Quantum theory is one of science's most thrilling, challenging and even mysterious areas. Scientists such as Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrödinger uncovered bizarre paradoxes in the early 20th century that seemed to destroy the fundamental assumptions of 'classical physics' - the basic laws we are taught in school. Notoriously difficult, quantum theory is none ...more
Paperback, Introducing, 176 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Icon Books (first published July 22nd 1992)
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Mohammad(Rojreş) Pharhangian
یکی از بهترین و عامه پسند ترین کتاب هایی که در مورد کوانتوم خوندم، در واقع یک کتاب کمیک بود،اقای مجتبی سلطانی ترجمه کردن و در نشر ،نشر و پژوهش شیرازه چاپ شده. من بەش پنج ستارە دادم(این مدیر گود ریز انگار اجدادش هتل دار بودن)باید ستاره داد:))))
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very useful. But despite being a member of the "Introducing..." series, this book does tend to assume that you understand certain science/physics concepts that you might have forgotten since your last class on the subject. My other complaint is that sometimes the drawings seem to just be inserted in order to have drawings. Some concepts that would be easier to understand with drawings, however, are lacking. Overall though, if you're looking for a readable introduction to Quantum Theory, I don't ...more
Dingo T.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The pith and pictures (the ever-reliable Oscar Zarate should be credited as well!) were quite helpful navigational tools through some ponderous historical (even meta-physical?) thought here, though I was later comforted to know not even my programmer and engineer friends could explain why multiplication matrices could demonstrate that q x p is NOT necessarily the same as p x q. You know?
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[This review first appeared on MsKanta.]

One wonders why popular physics books do not come with illustrations more often. In fact, a surprising number of books are published that explain quantum physics in words alone, with not a single illustration to accompany them other than a fancy Hubble picture on the cover. It works, in many cases: Pedro Ferreira’s The Perfect Theory and Amanda Gefter’s Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn are two excellent examples. But wouldn’t a few pictures be able to convey
Shaho Farivar
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب با ارزشیه، نویسندش واقعا موضوع رو لمس کرده و با زمان قابل فهمی بیانش کرده، تصاویر کتاب هم جذابه
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

Mostly what I learned from this book is: 1) trying to explain quantum theory in a graphic novel format doesn't actually make it any more understandable for someone like me, and 2) "Quantum theory cannot be explained. Physicists and mathematicians ... have admitted that it doesn't make sense."  Number 2 is a sentence from the book.

Quantum Theory is a pretty tough topic.  it IS after all, a theory, and one in which even som
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
Das Buch bietet einen guten Überblick über die komplette Entwicklung der Quantentheorie. Die Illustrationen des Comics sind gut. Obwohl der Sachcomic eine Einführung ins Thema sein will, setzt er relativ viel Wissen voraus bzw. dass der Leser sehr schnell, sehr viel nachvollziehen kann.
Keine einfache Einführung, aber dennoch gut.
Marcelle Antunes
It is truly an enjoyable and understandable introduction to Quantum Theory.

As someone who is not 'gifted' in the sciences but takes big interest in them, this book was a great way to learn more about a subject that is quite dense.

It's a book I'll definitely re-read and can't recommend enough for those looking to start understanding the incredibly crazy world of physics.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very cool and entertaining introduction to Quantum Theory. It was also very helpful fir me to understand "The Electron Structure" unit in Chemistry. I recommend for all who doesn't have any idea on this topic, especially for students in high school.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if you can really "review" this book. You either like the subject or not but I will say it has a graphic novel feel to it which I found made it enjoyable to read
Karel Baloun
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe quantum physics can never be easy. At least this book made it comprehensible and fascinating.

Certainly this one volume of the series was well done.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
حتی برای کسی که با نظریه کوانتوم به صورت عمومی و تخصصی آشنایی داشته باشد توضیحات این کتاب پختگی کامل را ندارند و درک خوبی از مسئله به خواننده نمیدهد. ...more
Sally Sugarman
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These guides are useful as the illustrations and diagrams help with the concepts as do the conversations between the characters. I particularly liked that between Einstein and his wife. I don’t necessarily think that I understand quantum theory completely. This is after all only an introduction, However, I do have a strong sense of the scientific method with one scientist building on the work of another, finding different angles to explore. It is building on the work of others or learning from t ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I didn't expect much when I bought this from a remainder table, but was pleasantly surprised. QM is a subject that I know something about and I wanted a review. It's actually a quite good historical outline of quantum physics. The contribution of each scientist is outlined nicely. I especially liked how the attitudes of each contributor are revealed. The more conservative scientists were often disturbed by the new ideas and skeptical of their own results. Even so, their ideas became the foundati ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not written for the layman as I was hoping . It's been several years since I have taken any mathematical or science class so unfortunately this book was slightly over my head. But I must admit that I was quite amused with the both the pictures and subtle humor found in the graphic novel. I may have to return to this book when I have time to actually study the book as opposed to just reading it!
stephanie williams
Very easy to digest and highly engaging

I found it the most engaging texts ok in have ever been assigned, very easy to comprehend and enjoyable to learn about quantum physics and the history of the scientists who made it
This was really interesting, if a little dense at times.
Long Yang
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK book, might be too simple
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Part of the Introducing series of graphic guides, J. P. McEvoy and Oscar Zurate's guide to quantum theory is an absolute gem of a wee book, that has greatly increased (and will continue to do so for I see numerous re-readings in the future) my understanding and knowledge of the science and people behind the "most successful set of ideas ever devised by human beings."
The fact that the authors manage to cram so much into such a little guide is quite remarkable. Having read a few physics books tha
Tesa Fiona
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
First of all, the title is misleading. It's not an "Introduction" of Quantum Theory, it supposed to be a "Brief" explanation of it.

I am a graduate student in the study of light (photonics), now is home for holiday and saw this book sat on my Dad's shelf. So I picked up this book to see how this one could relate to beginners. Well, I must say, you need a little basic knowledge in physics to understand the theory explained here, also to grasp the significance of this study disciple.

For those who s
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To quote the one man to truly defy the laws of physics: "whoa."

I chose this book because of the word "introducing" in the title, and while accurate it would have been better to learn more about classical physics before diving in.

Even with the graphic-novel style I was still lost. It's impossible to determine whether this is the fault of the author (yes, some of the time) or the ignorance of the reader (yes, most of the time) but overall it's a worthwhile read if you know nothing about the subje
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-math
I love this one. Hell, it's got pictures! Why is quantum physics so important? Well, at the dawn of the 20th century and the death of classic physics, we moved into a new age. And this new age brought about great discoveries and inventions. Did you know that quantum physics was responsible for computers? That microprocessors began with sub atomic theory? That the guys at the early Solvay Conferences in Brussels were an odd group? That many asked the question, why did so many like minded men of s ...more
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like physics and comics
Shelves: science, non-fiction
This is a very short book which probably in total took me only 2 or 3 hours to read through. I usually read a few pages at a time when I had a spare moment, and the way the book's laid out makes it very easy to dip in an out of (it doesn't have long chapters, but discusses one main point in a couple of pages).

It's incredibly concise, getting straight to the point with the physics and the history behind it. It is quite heavy-going, but at least it's easy to pick something out and re-read it. It's
Sep 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More often than not, non-fiction graphic novels don't lend themselves to explaining complex ideas and concepts. This is the case of Introducing Quantum Theory. While it offers a solid historical background, the illustrations do little to illuminate the ideas and the depth lost to the comic form means the explanations are sub-par as well. Many of the statements seem so generic and boiled down, it's easy to take them to distant conclusions that doesn't exist (yet).

In some ways, this could be fun t
Amanda Freeman
I received this book from Netgalley in return for a review.

I have an embarrassing confession, I found this book incredibly boring, it took me several times starting before I finally finished it. I do not definitely thing that it makes this book bad, I just spaced out a lot...sadly it is because the subject matter went way over my head. I loved the illustrations, and expected to come away with a better understanding (I do better with pictures) but all I realize is that Quantum Physics makes no s
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on an exciting journey starting from the late 19th century when physicists thought there was nothing left to prove. That did not last long, when quantum theory emerged to show the shortfalls of classical physics in explaining the subatomic world. The book spotlights the genius of the people who advanced the theory using imaginations and thought experiments which were later proven to be correct through physical experiment. The illustrations in the book make the abstract and co ...more
Brian Hodges
I had to read this book in order to learn Quantum Theory for a Discovery classroom series I was writing. While it's a lot heavier on the math, science and history of the theory than the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know", it does do a fair job of making the heavy concepts palatable via humor, analogies and comic-booky illustrations. By the end (and after several necessary re-reads) I actually felt like I had a good handle on just how Quantum Theory works, the mysteries it invokes and the reason i ...more
Taro Yamashita
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly accessible summary of the history of physics. Written as a graphic novel, this emphasizes the history and very broad concepts of physics from classical mechanics to quantum theory. It's a painless and interesting way to get a very high level basic introduction to the major players and major concepts.

I lent this to a highly motivated 9th grade student of mine (when I was teaching science), and he understood it well enough to discuss it with me, and was interested enough in it to hav
Pam Stebbins
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.P.McEvoy introduces the reader to the scientists and ideas that developed into the field of quantum physics. It's graphic novel format drew me in despite my lack of high school physics. The author makes a valiant effort to give complicated information in a concise and clear manner by using charts, equations, silly drawings, and humor. There's a lot in this small book, and you won't understand quantum physics when you're done, but you will have an appeciation for how quantum physics came to be ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A ideia de utilizar o formato de história em quadrinho é sensacional, mas, o livro não é lá bem para público iniciante introdutório uma vez que diversos termos são utilizados sem, serem explicados (como seria de se esperar).

Levando em conta ainda que o livro é fino, eu tive a sensação de ter muito desenho para pouca explicação didática para valer.

Um outro ponto que notei foram alguns gráficos sem legendas ou explicação que é inaceitável para a proposta no meu ver.

Parei antes do meio e, quem sabe
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