The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)

Paperback | June 4, 2013

byBrian Cox, Jeff Forshaw

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In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible—and fascinating—to everyone.

The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the “weirdness” of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.

The quantum mechanics of The Quantum Universe provide a concrete model of nature that is comparable in its essence to Newton's laws of motion, Maxwell's theory of electricity and magnetism, and Einstein's theory of relativity.

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In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible—and fascinating—to everyone.The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Ea...

Brian Cox is a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester. He is a popular TV and radio presenter and lives in London.Jeff Forshaw is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester and a recipient of the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal. He lives in Manchester, England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306821443

ISBN - 13:9780306821448

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The Economist, 11/5/11“In Britain Brian Coxhas become the front man for physicsCox has secured a large fan base withhis happy turns of phrase and his knack for presenting complex ideas using simple analogies. He also admirably shies away from dumbing downThe authors' love for their subject shines through the book.”New Scientist, 11/5/11“A comprehensive account of how quantum mechanics works and why it must be realThe book offers many rewards, and both the language and content are so carefully chosen that it feels concise.” Nature, 11/10/11“A solid introduction to the ‘inescapable strangeness' of the subatomic world.” Wall Street Journal Europe, 11/11/11“Britain's favorite physicist has put away sound-bite science to publish a rigorous introduction to quantum mechanics.” The Economist, 12/10/11”A book that breaks all the rules of popular science-writing, by two of Britain's best known physicists.”Financial Times, 11/11/11