Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

  • by Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by Clive Mantle
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Did you know that there’s so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor?
The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven’t the slightest clue what either is about. Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

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A fun, fascinating listen

This is an interesting book although I am not sure why the author chose this title. The first four hours nicely cover the juicier aspects of QT, but once the principals that have arguably most popular appeal are exhausted, hours 5 and 6 move onto Special and General Relativity and then Cosmology. It could be argued that these subjects have aspects of QT, and the author ties it all up at the end talking about a complete theory of Quantum Gravity and the problems this is posing for science, but this book seems to have had its title chosen before the author wrote it. My point is that this book offers more than what it says on the cover and it should say so. The explanations are for the most part clear and interesting, but because of the breadth of the subject and the alien nature of some of the concepts, six hours does not do full justice to just how incredible some of the ideas are.

Small sections of this book are not ideal for audio, with some of the concepts best described by a simple diagram, but the vast majority of the book is well explained at a light, discussional level, making it a great introduction to what may seem an intimidating subject.
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- Peter

Where to listen

This book will tell you that you can be in two places at once, but I would just be in one place when listening, you might miss a very important bit! At no point during my time with this book did I find myself in two places, well I don't think I was.
I did find myself taking an extra deep breath when told that I was breathing atoms once touched by Marilyn Monroe.

I would suggest to those listeners who do not have a grounding or prior knowledge in quantum physics you may want to be in a fairly quiet place devoid of distractions.
I found myself chuckling on the tube thus drawing a few strange looks from my fellow travellers.
Some of the theories do take some head scratching and leaps of academic faith to grasp, some are just beyond my level of intellect, but they are all hugely entertaining.

A great 'listen/read'.
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios