My First Book of Quantum Physics – Book Review

Quantum Physics for Kids (and Adults)

Everything around us is composed of very small subatomic particles. The laws of physics does not apply to these tiny particles so a new set of theories was applied, quantum physics.

Despite quantum physics being part of our daily lives it still remains a mystery for most people.

This is not an academic book but it’s a fantastic introduction to subject of quantum physics for children aged 8 and above (and their parents.)

Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Button (7 April 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1787080102
ISBN-13: 978-1787080102
Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 1.1 x 25.8 cm

The Blurb

Everything in the universe- including light, water, air planets, buildings, animals and people – is made of minute particles. Quantum physics is the science off these tiny particles. The discoveries made in quantum physics have been the driving force behind technological advances ranging from mobile phones to lasers and medical imaging. Without it, most to he technology we take for granted simply wouldn’t exist.

Quantum physics also pushes us to the boundaries of what we know about science, reality and the structure of the universe. In the quantum world particles do strange things, and act totally unlike the objects we experience in day-to-day life. How can atoms exist in two places at once? And just how can a cat be dead and alive at the same time? Find out more with this entertaining illustrated guide to the fascinating world of quantum physics.

First Thoughts

The book is hardback and the pages are thick paper, so this book will last and keep looking good. Each page is packed with diagrams to go along with the text. It makes the explanations of such a difficult  subject very easy to digest.

The book is attractive and inviting, and hopefully it will encourage children to explore this amazing world of quantum physics.

My Verdict

I admit that I do feel intrigued by the world of quantum physics but many feel it’s a complicated subject. This book makes it interesting for the younger generation to grasp and also explains it in an easier manner for adults to get to grips with the ideas behind the theories. Even things that are a complete puzzle to scientists, like anti-matter, have a place in this book and are explained in the simplest terms.

The theory of Schrodinger’s Cat is probably one of the most famous. It’s all about collapsing reality, until you look at the cat in the box there is a 50/50 chance that it is alive or dead. So we can say it’s alive and dead at the same time. But once you look you force nature to decide whether the cat is dead or alive and reality collapses.

Okay, maybe Schrodinger’s Cat is a bit of a mind blower, but at least the explanation is simplified.

The quantum timeline, colourful and illustrated, is great for working out the history of discoveries. Going back as far as 1864 when Maxwell presented his equations on electromagnetism, to 1915 when Einstein presented his theory of relativity.

Overall, I would say this is a very interesting book for all ages for a simplified peek at a very complex subject.

You can buy this book on Amazon, normally priced at £12.99 it’s currently on offer for only £11.34


4 Comments

  1. April 1, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    I could have done with this book when I was at school!! Looks like a great book.
    Thanks for linking with #TalkoftheTown

  2. April 2, 2018 / 11:04 am

    I really love the sound of this Anne. Reminds me of when Pete and I used to chat about all sorts of random things (quantum physics included)!

    Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

  3. April 2, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    As an adult non-scientist, this book would help me understand a very complex subject – I’ll look for it in the public library. #MMBC

  4. April 8, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I do love a good educational book and this looks like just the ticket into exploring more about our world #MMBC

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