Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World
Physics is a complex, even daunting topic, but it is also deeply satisfying—even thrilling. And liberated from its mathematical underpinnings, physics suddenly becomes accessible to anyone with the curiosity and imagination to explore its beauty. Science without math? It’s not that unusual. For example, we can understand the concept of gravity without solving a single equation. So for all those who may have pondered what makes blueberries blue and strawberries red; for those who have wondered if sound really travels in waves; and why light behaves so differently from any other phenomenon in the universe, it’s all a matter of quantum physics. Absolutely Small presents (and demystifies) the world of quantum science like no book before. It explores scientific concepts—from particles of light, to probability, to states of matter, to what makes greenhouse gases bad—in considerable depth, but using examples from the everyday world. Challenging without being intimidating, accessible but not condescending, Absolutely Small develops the reader’s intuition for the very nature of things at their most basic and intriguing levels.
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Amazing introduction to the quantum world. I finally feel like I can hold a conversation in this area as before this book my knowlege base was, in hindsight, exceedingly superficial. It was never the ... Read full review
My favourite book!
Chapter 3 Some Things About Waves
Chapter 4 The Photoelectric Effect and Einsteins Explanation
Waves or Particles?
Chapter 6 How Big Is a Photon and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
Chapter 7 Photons Electrons and Baseballs
Chapter 8 Quantum Racquetball and the Color of Fruit
The Shapes of Polyatomic Molecules
Chapter 15 Beer and Soap
Chapter 16 Fat Its All About the Double Bonds
Chapter 17 Greenhouse Gases
Chapter 18 Aromatic Molecules
Chapter 19 Metals Insulators and Semiconductors
Chapter 20 Think Quantum