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In Search of Schrodinger's Cat. Quantum Physics and Reality, by
In search of Schrodinger's cat tells the story of Quantum physics
and reality. The book contains the history of how many major events
in this subject occurred. A lot of important ideas are discussed and
where appropriate other text titles are given for further reading.
There are also helpful diagrams to make ideas clearer throughout the
The book is divided into three main sections. Part one introduces
quantum physics. It explains important breakthroughs in details, like
the discovery of x-rays and the structure of an atom. Part two covers
quantum mechanics and other concepts like the electron, photon and
antimatter. Part three is called "And Beyond" which gives a very in-depth
look into the uncertainty and chance of the universe including parallel
worlds and many other ideas about the universe.
The ideas on quantum physics and mechanics were useful, they helped
to make clear, ideas which will become useful during A-level physics.
The ideas and theories of the universe and surroundings, although
very complicated, left me looking at the way the universe works in
a completely different light. Some things were very hard to comprehend
especially the ideas of parallel worlds and the idea 'God plays dice'.
One section is rightly called "Beyond Science Fiction" and this seems
true for it seems physics goes where fiction never dared.
I would recommend this book to physics students who want help on
some ideas and who ant to learn about this subject. Also to anyone
who enjoys physics and the history of Quantum theory. To someone who
has no interest in physics this book would seem very mind-numbing.
Reviewed by Katherine Andrews - 1998
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