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Less perplexed as a result of this book
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2015
A superb introduction to the subject of quantum physics.
Here's why I love this book:
1. It provided me with a truly informative introduction to the subject of quantum physics.
2. It is exceedingly well written. Sentence structure, topic organization and flow all read as well as the very best of any modern novel.
3. Excellent use of analogies, including discussion of where the analogies break down (as almost all analogies do).
4. Helpful diagrams (for the most part - maybe 10% could have been eliminated).
5. The book is interspersed with many 2-page "asides" (typically, more in-depth discussions of a topic), which helps to break up the book so that it is not quite so monolithic (and encouraged me to keep reading).
6. Importantly (for me), the author makes a point of refreshing the reader's memory regarding a topic or term if the same has not been used within the last 20 or so pages.
7. Finally, the proof is in the pudding. After reading this book I can describe the concepts of the quantum wavefunction, superposition, entanglement, etc. to my 88 year old mother, and she gets it!
The book leaves one with enough information to actually ponder the subject in more detail, but not necessarily looking for more information (although the book does conclude with an excellent suggested reading list, including brief summaries of the suggested readings and their level of difficulty).
My only hope is that Dr. Al-Khalili decides to write a follow-up version in the near future that perhaps takes things to the next level mathematically (but short of "Quantum Theory" by David Bohm, which I found to be mathematically overwhelming). Perhaps there is a "quantum leap" between the general concepts introduced in "Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed" and the math of quantum theory as per Bohm's book, but if there is any middle ground, I'm sure that Dr. Al-Khalili can find it, and can make it approachable for someone with a bit of math background.