Quantum physics has a reputation for being expensive, complex, and boring. However, the bright pink cover alone indicates that Ben Steele (particle physicist and science communicator), Hilary Lamb (journalist and author), and Giles Sparrow (famous science author) are doing their best to disprove this cliché. More than 100 individual outcomes and phenomena of quantum physics, from the double slit experiment to the tunnel effect to the Higgs boson and quantum biology, are each visually presented on a double page. The graphics are always aesthetically pleasing and sometimes use very explicit analogies to make the abstract quantum physics conditions more realistic.
The texts on individual topics are kept very short. At the same time, this brevity is accompanied by simplification: no long explanations, hardly any formulas, no complicated calculations or proofs. This makes browsing the book very interesting, but unfortunately, the links between individual phenomena are completely lost due to the isolated and scarce information. Anyone who has already dealt with quantum physics and would like to look at it from a new, visually appealing side will enjoy the reference work — even if it’s simplified here and there so much that seasoned physicists might have to turn a blind eye.
Anyone who has never been in contact with the quantum world will have difficulties understanding the very brief explanations – but they are in the best company, because even the Nobel Prize winner in Physics Richard Feynman said: “I think one can say with certainty that no one understands quantum mechanics.” ‘So maybe just looking at her with pleasure will suffice.
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