An exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape, this book addresses the question that most others fail to ask- what does quantum mechanics actually mean?
Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and worked for many years as an editor for physical sciences at Nature. His books cover a wide range of scientific and cultural phenomena, and include Critical Mass- How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books), The Music Instinct, Curiosity- How Science Became Interested in Everything, Serving The Reich- The Struggle for the Soul of Science Under Hitler, Invisible- The History of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics and The Water Kingdom- A Secret History of China.
This is the book I wish I could have written, but am very
glad I've read. It's an accessible, persuasive and thorough
appraisal of what the most important theory in all of science
actually means. -- Jim Al-Khalili
Excellent. -- Andrew Crumey * Spectator *
Ball is an exceptionally talented writer who manages to combine accessibility and thoroughness in razor-sharp prose -- Philip Moriarty * Physics World *
Riveting ... Ball is an intelligent guide -- Natalie Wolchover * Nature *
A deeply fascinating book ... Philip Ball is a rare writer in having such depth of knowledge of a difficult field, yet retaining the critical eye of an observer. Highly recommended. -- Jon Butterworth, Professor of Physics at UCL and author of SMASHING PHYSICS