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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World
 
 
Author
James Kakalios.
Publisher Gotham Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781592404797
Pages/Publication Date 318/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31223
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Physics professor James Kakalios, the author of The Physics of Superheroes, here uses illustrations and examples from science fiction pulp magazines and comic books to explain how the principles of quantum mechanics underlie such modern conveniences as laptop computers, MRI scanners, DVDs, and pocketable lasers.

"In revolutionizing modern science, Erwin Schrödinger and Werner Heisenberg somehow neglected the exciting plots and images of science fiction and comic books. Not to worry. Kakalios has now remedied that curious lapse. Indeed, Kakalios sees kindred kinds of imaginative daring in the appearance of the first science-fiction pulp magazine in the same year (1926) that Schrödinger and Heisenberg published their paradigm-shaping discoveries. This improbable connection between abstruse science and popular culture brings Buck Rogers, Dr. Manhattan (of the Watchmen), Dick Tracy, and—yes—even Dagwood into a no-tears foray into the theoretical physics that opened the world of lasers, laptop computers, DVDs, and cell phones.... Readers need no more than basic algebra to accompany comic-book heroes into well-illustrated explanations of quantum packets of light energy, of the wave functions of particles, and even of the angular spin inherent in both energy and matter. These basic principles illuminate the solid-state physics of semiconductors, the atomic magnetism of MRIs, and the nanotechnology of high-capacity storage batteries. And all of this conceptual heavy lifting comes with entertaining episodes from DC Comics and H.G. Wells' fiction. Physics has never been more fun."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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