Forget everything you thought you knew about realityThe world is a seriously bizarre place Things can exist in two places at once and travel backwards and forwards in time Waves and particles are one and the same, and objects change their behaviour according to whether they are being watched This is not some alternative universe but the realm of the very small, where quantum mechanics rules In this weird world of atoms and their constituents, our common sense understanding of reality breaks down yet quantum mechanics has never failed an experimental test What does it all mean For all its weirdness, quantum mechanics has given us many practical technologies including lasers and the transistors that underlie computers and all digital technology In the future, it promises computers powerful than any built before, the ability to communicate with absolute privacy, and even quantum teleportation The Quantum World explores the past, present and future of quantum science, its applications and mind bending implications Discover how ideas from quantum mechanics are percolating out into the vast scale of the cosmos perhaps, in the future, to reveal a new understanding of the big bang and the nature of space and timeABOUT THE SERIES New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds Designed for curious readers who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language thats open to everyone, and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context

13 thoughts on “The Quantum World: The disturbing theory at the heart of reality (New Scientist Instant Expert)

  1. Monica M Monica M says:

    Zero design, poor quality, all B W, coarse paper, not white No photos, few unattractive diagrams I expected something similar to the well designed, nicely illustrated NS magazines but was dissappointed To the editors Presentation does matter As an Art Director I give this a cero Returned it as It wans t good enough to qualify as a gift.

  2. Matthew Bury Matthew Bury says:

    Many interconnected topics come up in each chapter, the book would benefit from footnotes linking pages where aspects of one topic such as entanglement within quantum mechanics are mentioned.

  3. Customer Customer says:

    I disliked the fact that you could not read the diagrams I felt that a solution to this problem could have been solved if the diagrams had been broken down over several pages I bought the book to gain a greater insight and for this I found it useful.

  4. david david says:

    Its OK Bit hard going sometimes

  5. AMS AMS says:

    Absolutely fantastic Loved it.

  6. Patrick C. Patrick C. says:

    A good read but does require a lot of concentration.

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  8. Customer Customer says:

    The make up of the nano world.

  9. Spies Spies says:

    I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to others who are interested in science However, I had to re read certain sections as I found them a little hard to understand Though I started this book with a good background in physics and computer engineering, some of the new topics were for me a little confusing But as the saying goes If you are not shocked by quantum mechanics, then you have not understood it.

  10. Sandeep Ozarde Sandeep Ozarde says:

    Good read.

  11. Rupa Dasgupta Rupa Dasgupta says:

    ecellent reading thoroughly enjoyed

  12. Surreywharf Surreywharf says:

    Excellent treatment of the subject

  13. Jon B. Oakleaf Jon B. Oakleaf says:

    Fascinating read in a discipline that I think we will hear a lot about in the future.