In Search of Schrodinger's Cat Paperback
by John Gribbin
Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no nuclear power or nuclear weapons, no TV, no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering.
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an ever more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, superconductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's Cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics.
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, illustrations, bibliography, index
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/02/1985
- Category: Popular science
- ISBN: 9780552125550
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Review by reading_fox
A now dated, but still useful guide to the bizare world of quantum mechanics, and how the world of the unbelivavbly small effects everyday life.
Review by soylentgreen23
Gribbin has been very busy popularising science in the last decade or so, and this is one of his landmark books. Frankly, though, I'm as baffled now as I ever was about quantum mechanics, and I have a physics degree to help. Not a good degree, though - perhaps the problem is mine.
Review by lemmealone
Fascinating, and kinda terrifying, and hey! I understood some physics! That alone is one heck of an accomplishment.
Review by TPauSilver
This isn't a popular science book in that it aims to take science and make it so any idiot on the street can understand it, it is a book that is going to test you, your understanding of the world, and your ability to grasp complex theories. But nobody ever said quantum mechanics was going to be east (or if they did they were lying to you). That said, Gribbin works hard to make the incredibly complex at least simple enough that we can understand it. There isn't much maths in this book and most concepts are explained a few times from different angles so it's easy to come away with a concept of what quantum is exactly and how it works.
Review by the.ken.petersen
Why did I buy this book? There is a great problem with explaining something technical to the layman: so much trust is involved. This book is packed with nonsense; at least, that is the way that it seems to me. We are told of sub atomic particles which react differently depending upon whether they are observed or no. How does anybody know? Part of the experiment is not to look! We are then told about this infamous hypothetical cat. It is in a box so we don't know whether it is alive, or dead; therefore it is in a third state of being both alive and dead. NO IT IS NOT!!!! It is either alive or dead - we just do not know which.I have invented a new mathematics. When adding two numbers together, an extra plus one must be included: so, 2 + 2 = 5.and, 2 +2 +2 = 8. Ah, I hear you say, what about multiplication? Simple, (the multiplier - 1) is added. 2 x 3 = 8 (2 x 3 + (3-1)). If one is unable to use practical research, my maths is as accurate as the orthodox variety. There is something interesting too: 2 x 3 is not the same as 3 x 2 (check it out, if you do not believe me). This has such a resonance with Quantum Physics where, we are asked to believe the improbable to fit a clever man's theory.Why do I suspect that someone (FAR cleverer than me!) will blow 'new physics out of the water?
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