Beyond Weird Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics Is ... Different

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Publisher's Synopsis

One of Jim Al-Khalili's Top 10 Science books

Phil Ball is one of the very best contemporary science writers around. In this highly accessible book he covers a subject - the philosophy of quantum mechanics - that many others have attempted. But not many have put it so clearly and persuasively. I even wrote some blurb that appears on the back cover saying this is the book I wish I had written and am very glad I read.

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'I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.' Richard Feynman wrote this in 1965 - the year he was awarded the Nobel prize in physics for his work on quantum mechanics. Over the past decade, the enigma of quantum mechanics has come into sharper focus. We now realise that quantum mechanics is less about particles and waves, uncertainty and fuzziness, than a theory about information: about what can be known and how.

The quantum world isn't a different world: it is our world, and if anything deserves to be called 'weird', it's us. This exhilarating book is about what quantum maths really means - and what it doesn't mean.

'Gorgeously lucid…takes us to the edge of contemporary theorizing about the foundations of quantum mechanics… Easily the best book I've read on the subject' Washington Post

'A clear and deeply researched account of what's known about the quantum laws of nature, and how to think about what they might really mean' Nature

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Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784706081
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 530.12
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 377
Weight: 302g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 25mm