The Quark and the Jaguar : Adventures in the Simple and the Complex, Paperback

The Quark and the Jaguar : Adventures in the Simple and the Complex Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This book is about how the wonderful diversity of the universe can arise out of a set of fairly simple basic laws. It is written by an expert in both the fundamental laws and the complex structures that they can produce.' Stephen Hawking's acclaim of Murray Gell-Mann's literary debut is typical of the reception the book received on first publication in 1994. From one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists comes this unique, highly personal vision of the connections between the basic laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world. THE QUARK AND THE JAGUAR - the simple and the complex - is an irresistibly engaging and rewarding introduction to the life's work of physicist, polymath and Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 16pp b&w photographs, diagrams
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy of science
  • ISBN: 9780349106496



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Thought provoking.The title says it all in a cryptic kind of way. This book is about the QM world and the macro world we live in and the relationship between the two.Whilst avoiding much math he does still manage to convey part of his own feeling of wonder at the subject and a notion of what the world really does seem to be like at the subatomic level. I was also pleased to see him railing against many of the more common misuses and usurpations of some "quantum" concepts in an attempt to justify some very unscientific claims of woo woo.This book refuses to stick to one subject and branches out to cover complexity, the standard model of quantum physics, selection and evolution, diversity and the environment. All in well judged levels of details and in a very easy to read style.A whistle stop tour of the issues of the day (although this was the mid nineties) and so some of his warnings about extremism and talk of cultural diversity just ring an odd note now and again.Well worth a read.

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