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I have read or listened to about 10 books on quantum physics, and this is the BEST by far.
It’s both accurate and clear. It includes virtually no math. Achieving accuracy and clarity in this field while avoiding math is quite a feat. The book is suitable for readers who have a good basic knowledge of the concepts of quantum physics. It is probably not for raw beginners. However, mathematical knowledge is not required.
Among many other aspects of quantum physics, the book elucidates Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, the true source of which is often mischaracterized, even in quantum mechanics textbooks.
This book might also be quite interesting to those who have a good mathematical understanding of quantum physics but may lack thorough understanding of quantum theory. For those who have studied the “shut up and calculate” school of quantum mechanics, this book might be extremely informative.
Jim Al-Khalili, the author, is an accomplished nuclear physicist who has made important contributions to the field. He's also a superb communicator of difficult scientific concepts. He has created and hosted numerous popular science documentaries.
The narration is also superb, the best of the 10 or so Audible books that I've listened to.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
So many books about quantum physics but no one ever explains it, they only describe the science.
In a typically captivating Al-Khalili style, even that that cannot be understood is explained easily. "Those who think they understand quantum science, don't understand quantum science" don't ask why, just do the math that works.
The author explains why quantum science is so accurate yet defies intuition and any type of reason. Most scientists in this field only care that the science works. Why quantum physics works in the way it does is something they usually run away from, and for good reason. It makes no sense and defies logic.
Great author, great book, highly recommended for those that still don't understand why we don't understand the quantum world.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
It explains all the big ideas and their context, while also reinforcing the doubts I have.
Great narrator and an even greater author, made the complex ideas of QM easy to understand.