Quantum What?

My mission as a science writer is to make the complex simple. It frustrates me when I encounter well-educated people who insist there is no simple way to explain x, y, or z. Having written an entire book about applied fluid dynamics for laypeople, I also frankly find this hard to believe. SO – one ongoing project of mine is to discover those who also believe it is important – and possible – to make the complex simple.

QuantumCoverI’m currently reading an excellent book about Quantum Physics. by Jim Al-Khalili.  Not only does the author write in a thoroughly relatable style, he also happens to be Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey. His book? Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed. The book is not only well-written, it’s written in language that is easy to follow and understand.   So far the book has covered the Two-Slit experiment. Al-Khalili does this in a thorough way – without being pedantic. He even brings in Robert Frost! Chapter 2 takes on the origins of Quantum Theory. In giving the background of quantum theory, Al-Khalili includes those who made the first discoveries – whether or not they were aware of the import of those discoveries at the time. He clearly sees science as a progression. By the time Al-Khalili got to Planck’s constant, the creation of the term “quanta,” and Einstein’s work with photons, I was disappointed to be interrupted.

This is an excellent book for those who want a clear introduction to Quantum Physics.

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