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The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox
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Aug 09, 2012

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bookshelves: non-fiction, own, physics, kindle

It's been a while since I read Cox's other book, Why Does E=mc²?, but I remember it having a better balance between accessibility and rigor than this book has. That could be partly because relativity is just easier to understand than quantum mechanics, but I think some fault lies with the authors of the book and not just with the author of the universe.

Specifically, the constant to reference to the wave function as a collection of clocks instead of just complex numbers is presumably easier to understand at first for a person unfamiliar with complex numbers. But once you start to cover anything relating to the actual passage of time it's just a recipe for confusion (because of course the "tiny clocks" have nothing whatsoever to do with time).

Otherwise the book does a pretty good job of covering the major concepts of quantum theory and some of its more notable consequences for both astronomy and technology.
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August 9, 2012 – Shelved
January 3, 2016 – Started Reading
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: own
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: physics
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: kindle
January 14, 2016 – Finished Reading

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