Quantum

  • by Jim Al-Khalili
  • Narrated by Hugh Kermode
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world.
Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And yet it has been said that if you're not shocked by it, you don't understand it. But is quantum physics really so unknowable? Is reality really so strange? And just how can cats be half alive and half dead at the same time?
Our journey into the quantum begins with nature's own conjuring trick, in which we discover that atoms - contrary to the rules of everyday experience - can exist in two locations at once. To understand this we travel back to the dawn of the 20th century and witness the birth of quantum theory, which over the next 100 years was to overthrow so many of our deeply held notions about the nature of our universe.
Scientists and philosophers have been left grappling with its implications ever since.
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This is a truly excellent read!

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Well written and well read. For such a mind bending topic, the audiobook flowed well and kept to a good pace.

Even for a quantum layman, I felt this was a great overview of this fascinating topic.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in stretching their mind a little.

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- Ross M.

A little less perplexed.

Jim Al-Kalili certainly makes quantum physics more accessible to the lay person non-scientist. A few times I felt like I was just hearing words, but most of the time I was getting it, I think. As much as anyone can really wrap their head around quantum physics. I do feel like I know more and understand the topic better.
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- Mr. J. A. Ball

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2016
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group