Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Nonscientists
Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised edition (January 25, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060963107
- ISBN-13: 978-0060963101
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
To Be or Not to Be..., May 7, 2000
This is one of the best books for finding out about quantum physics and what impact it has on our lives, from the vantage point of the parallel universes (or many worlds model) perspective. Wolf's writing is humorous and descriptive, and the book is chock full of wonderful cartoons, photographs, charts, and quotations. Whether you've studied physics before or are a complete novice, you'll find lots of good information here! As active observers, we are responsible for selecting which of the infinite possible realities we will experience. As Wolf puts it, "To be or not to be is not the question; it is the answer".
A wonderful intro to QM, February 26, 2000
The physicist Fred Alan Wolf writes a lucid book of the weird & wonderful world of quantum mechanics for we non-scientist types. The field is fascinating.....and bizarre.
Wolf traces the origins of QM from the late 19th century & also discusses how it disproves some of classical physics' most treasured suppositions. This is a great work for those intrigued by science & the "big" developments in physics of the 20th century.
So, for those who possess inquisitive minds, this is a splendid work. The biologist JBS Haldane once said "Reality is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine." After reading this book, I think that one would be inclined to agree.
This book entertainingly traces the history of physics from the observations of the earlyGreeks through the discoveries of Galileo and Newton to the dazzling theories of such scientists as Planck, Einstein, Bohr, and Bohm. This humanized view of science opens up the mind-stretching visions of how quantum mechanics, God, human thought, and will are related, and provides profound implications for our understanding of the nature of reality and our relationship to the cosmos.