Reviews

The Quantum Universe

The Quantum Universe

(And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)
January 2012
Hardcover · 272 Pages
$25.00 U.S. · $28.00 CAN · €17.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780306819643
Da Capo Press

 

The Economist, 11511
“In Britain Brian Coxhellip;has become the front man for physicshellip;Cox has secured a large fan base withhellip;his happy turns of phrase and his knack for presenting complex ideas using simple analogies. He also admirably shies away from dumbing downhellip;The authors’ love for their subject shines through the book.”
New Scientist, 11511
“A comprehensive account of how quantum mechanics works and why it must be realhellip;The book offers many rewards, and both the language and content are so carefully chosen that it feels concise.”
Nature, 111011
“A solid introduction to the ‘inescapable strangeness’ of the subatomic world.”
Wall Street Journal Europe, 111111
“Britain’s favorite physicist has put away sound-bite science to publish a rigorous introduction to quantum mechanics.”
The Economist, 121011
”A book that breaks all the rules of popular science-writing, by two of Britain’s best known physicists.”
Financial Times, 111111
“Thanks to his television presentations of science, Brian Cox has become Britain’s best-known physics professor. No one communicates the wonders of the universe on screen with more charm, enthusiasm and accessibility. Cox’s latest, co-authored with Jeff Forshaw, a fellow physics professor at Manchester University, retains the charm and enthusiasmhellip;A serious, thorough book about quantum theory for the general reader.”
Kirkus Reviews, 11512
“There is no shortage of popular introductions, but curious readers will not regret choosing this meticulous accounthellip;Space cannot be empty; matter constantly appears and vanishes. If quantum laws do not forbid something from happening, it will eventually happen. These are facts; experiments confirm them. Writers often explain these in relentlessly nontechnical language that converts them into a magic show, but Cox and Forshaw will have none of this. Using ingenious pedagogical examples, they demonstrate that weird quantum phenomena make perfect sensehellip;An ambitious explanation of the vast quantum universe aimed at readers willing to work.”
Huffington Post, 2812
“A careful and reader savvy exposition that pulls no punches…If youre interested in the real world and want a worthy introduction to the major achievement of humanity in the past hundred years, get hold of this book, read it slowly, digest it, make it part of your life and your life will change for the better.”
Technology and Society
“A very interesting bookhellip;I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take on quantum mechanics without a strong background in math or physics, or to anyone who studied those subjects in college and wants to take the next step into the quantum world.”
InfoDad.com, 22312
“Highly informative and more than intermittently entertaininghellip;Not a book to be read quickly, lightly or easily. But it is an important book nevertheless, and Cox and Forshaw deserve credit for making a tremendously difficult subject about as accessible and understandable as it can possibly be made.”
BlogCritics.org, 22112
“If you are interested in beginning to crack the code of quantum physics, it is a good place to start.”
About.com, 12812
”Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw dont skimp on the accessible approach, but they also make the extra effort to discuss the complexities around quantum theory in far more detail than most other books. Its a tough balancing act, but ends up being handled very well.”
Daily Texan, 21212
“Very well may be the definitive introduction to quantum mechanics. The Quantum Universe is written for the layman, who will likely enjoy it, but it would also be a superb supplement for physics students struggling through early quantum mechanics classeshellip; Those who take the time to read the book properly will come a