Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World (Paperback)

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Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World (Paperback)


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Absolutely Small presents (and demystifies) the world of quantum science like no book before.

Physics is a complex, daunting topic, but it is also deeply satisfying?even thrilling. When liberated from its mathematical underpinnings, physics suddenly becomes accessible to anyone with the curiosity and imagination to explore its beauty. Science without math? It's not that unusual.

For example, we can understand the concept of gravity without solving a single equation. So for all those who may have pondered what makes blueberries blue and strawberries red; for those who have wondered if sound really travels in waves; and why light behaves so differently from any other phenomenon in the universe, it's all a matter of quantum physics.

This book explores in considerable depth scientific concepts using examples from everyday life, such as:

  • particles of light,
  • probability,
  • states of matter,
  • what makes greenhouse gases bad

Challenging without being intimidating, accessible but not condescending, Absolutely Small develops your intuition for the very nature of things at their most basic and intriguing levels.

MICHAEL D. FAYER, PH.D., (Stanford, CA) is the David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has won major prizes and honors in the fields of physics, chemistry, and molecular spectroscopy. He is the author of "Elements of Quantum Mechanics."
Product Details ISBN: 9780814438114
ISBN-10: 0814438113
Publisher: Amacom
Publication Date: June 16th, 2010
Pages: 400
Language: English