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The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) (original 2011; edição 2012)

por Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw

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The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the universe? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And how - for all its apparently counter-intuitive ideas - can we be sure that the theory is good? The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has lead to some woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness - but Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw reveal the simple and understandable theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world around us. From entangled twins to the incredible double-slit experiment, The Quantum Universe will give every reader the most up-to-date picture of that amazing subatomic world, where thousands of years of physics must be rewritten completely.… (mais)
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Título:The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)
Autores:Brian Cox
Outros autores:Jeff Forshaw
Informação:Da Capo Press (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 272 pages
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The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen por Brian Edward Cox (2011)

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This isn't the science book seeking to explain big ideas so anyone can understand. It tries to be but as Feynman jokes: "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."

With that said, this book does require math despite Brian Cox's claim near the beginning that you can skip over it.

I can't say to have understood it in its entirety (to do so, would bear many re-readings, a renewal of calculus, some of Feynman's books, and a class), but Cox is able to explain many ideas about quantum theories that even I can comprehend, gave me a better understanding of transistors, and threw in a couple of historical oddities that had me giggling. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
So glad I spotted this at the charity shop. It's been a great read. I notice a lot of complaints by some reviewers here but the book suited me really well and boosted my understanding. Shall keep it and read it through again some time. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
I didn't like the clock metaphore... I think it's more confusing that useful. ( )
  jordil2 | Feb 12, 2020 |
A huge mess. The main problem here is that the authors do not seem to know who their audience is. Sometimes they offer the type of 101 explanation you might give to a child. For instance, tediously explaining on several occasions what "scientific method" is and why science is A Good Thing, as though they are talking to a skeptical funder or a student choosing their A-Levels. That is set alongside regular use of unexplained concepts and acronyms, mathematical notation (for which they apologise on each occasion) and huge leaps of explanation and assumed knowledge - as though they are talking to an impatient colleague.

A case in point: in chapter 11 they begin talking about the Standard Model, accompanied by an uncaptioned image - where greek letters stand for each particle (we are to know which is which, apparently). They begin to ask why the top quark was so large - having forgotten to first describe what a quark is, why there are six types, and why one of them is called "top". The previous ten chapters do not include leptons (the word does not even appear in the index). Whilst the Standard Model may not have been the subject of the book, introducing it sooner would surely have aided comprehension.

Is there a reader who knows what a lepton is, but not what the scientific method is? I doubt it.

The "clocks metaphor" on which the book is based on is elegant, but poorly and impatiently described. The chapters on the transistor manage to make a fascinating case study utterly tedious. And worst of all: the authors are constantly telling you how amazing this all is (this is what reviewers call "their enthusiasm shining through") - which is the text equivalent of your dad saying "aren't we all having a good time" on a long car ride. Look Cox - I've the book, you know I'm interested in the subject. Now it's your job to make it clear and entertaining. Pointing at it and saying "wow" is not the same thing. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Jan 25, 2020 |
I actually understood about half of this ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
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The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the universe? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And how - for all its apparently counter-intuitive ideas - can we be sure that the theory is good? The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has lead to some woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness - but Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw reveal the simple and understandable theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world around us. From entangled twins to the incredible double-slit experiment, The Quantum Universe will give every reader the most up-to-date picture of that amazing subatomic world, where thousands of years of physics must be rewritten completely.

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