John Gribbin has collected the answer to everything you need to know about the quantum world the place where most of the greatest scientific advances of the twentieth century have been made This reference begins with a thorough introduction setting out the current state of knowledge in particle physics Gribbin blends articles on the structure of particles and their interactions, accounts of the theoretical breakthroughs in quantum mechanics and their practical applications, and entertaining biographies of the scientists who have blazed the trail of discovery In a special section, Timelines, key dates in our quest to understand the quantum world are mapped out alongside landmarks in world history and the history of science Q is for Quantum is an essential companion for anyone interested in particle physics.

6 thoughts on “Q is for Quantum: An Encyclopedia of Particle Physics / John Gribbin ; Edited by Mary Gribbin ; Illustrations by Jonathan Gribbin ; Timelines by Benjamin Gribbin.”

Faraday because that was the only F I could think of Classic book now in kindle form.

This work is an improvement on the author s previous books, Schr dinger s cat and Schr dinger s kittens Using the dictionary format helps avoid bias and filler It even provides a coherent, unbiased, account of the Copenhagen interpretation.Run to this guide when incoherent journalists start throwing around terms like Bell s inequality or QED Gribbin almost always comes up with an adequate definition of difficult concepts But not every time.For instance, he produces the simplest, clearest explanation of gauge theory in the classical domain that I have ever read, but loses the thread when he tries to describe it within quantum chromodynamics The article on group theory has a superb account of basic groups, but becomes confusing when discussing Lie groups and SU 3 Also, some things are missing For instance, there is no discussion of Hilbert space His articles on Schr dinger s equation and Maxwell s equations don t show the equations The simplest form of these equations shouldn t be too much for the reader to handle, as several recent popular physics books have shown.

The idea of this book as a kindle is brilliant It now works as a hypertext, with links from one entry to another No page turning I already have the original copy in paper but got this as well as it is so much better.

Faraday because that was the only F I could think of Classic book now in kindle form.

It really is and encylopedia dictionary, not a text that develops an explanation.

Bewitching and head scratching at the same time An interesting book even though it can at times seem like you re attemtping to decipher Sanskrit.

A most excellent and informative

This work is an improvement on the author s previous books, Schr dinger s cat and Schr dinger s kittens Using the dictionary format helps avoid bias and filler It even provides a coherent, unbiased, account of the Copenhagen interpretation.Run to this guide when incoherent journalists start throwing around terms like Bell s inequality or QED Gribbin almost always comes up with an adequate definition of difficult concepts But not every time.For instance, he produces the simplest, clearest explanation of gauge theory in the classical domain that I have ever read, but loses the thread when he tries to describe it within quantum chromodynamics The article on group theory has a superb account of basic groups, but becomes confusing when discussing Lie groups and SU 3 Also, some things are missing For instance, there is no discussion of Hilbert space His articles on Schr dinger s equation and Maxwell s equations don t show the equations The simplest form of these equations shouldn t be too much for the reader to handle, as several recent popular physics books have shown.

The idea of this book as a kindle is brilliant It now works as a hypertext, with links from one entry to another No page turning I already have the original copy in paper but got this as well as it is so much better.