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Summary

Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering.

In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an even more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, super conductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every listener to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics.

In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.

©2020 John Gribbin (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A gripping account of the history of quantum mechanics and a clear description of its significance – and weirdness. Absolutely fascinating." (Isaac Asimov)

"Precise yet mysterious...as beautiful as a poem and as exciting as a novel." (The Sunday Times

"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." (Niels Bohr)

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Very much worth it, I’m serious this is really good.

I recommend this book immensely to anyone remotely interested in physics at all. If you have a grasp on waves, the structure of the atom regarding electrons, special relativity and the photoelectric effect (at around A-level or pre-undergrad standard) then the first half of this book is more of a review and explanation of the history and discovery of these concepts, yet is still very interesting.

The real meat of the book comes at around the half way mark, where the truly mind-boggling aspects of our reality come into play, and is beautifully explained at a level both easily understood and scientifically accurate. I won’t spoil this content if, like myself, you’re going on blind with very little pre-knowledge on quantum mechanics. Although nearer the end there’s a little sprinkle of cosmology, which was greatly appreciated as well.

I think this is good for all ages !! Well at around 16+ i’d say, again previous study of physics at A-level is undeniably required, I say this as someone just entering their final year of sixth form. But yes, seriously read this book (or listen to it!)

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Lacks imaginative storytelling

The author is obviously very knowledgeable and it shows. However, the author isn't so much a writer and storyteller as he is an academic. I felt disappointed by this book's lack of imaginative storytelling, there is little to excite the imagination or take us on a journey through his passion or bring a fresh perspective on physics. Its very dry, very factual, and almost a science/ history textbook but written in prose. I felt almost betrayed by the intriguing title of the book. You will certainly require at least a base level understanding of a lot of scientific jargon. Sorry, but it was just not for me.

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Cats whiskers of an attempt to explain quantum theory to the leyman. Seriously, great book on the topic and no cats were harmed in the production!

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Essential reading

More power audiobooks for the excellent standards and contents of this splendid concept an essential aid to the perpetual learning.

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very pleasant to listen as he goes deep into quantum mechanics without any mathematical knowledge required

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Very Entertaining!

I have read and/or listened to 50+ books on the topic of quantum physics. This book was one of the more entertaining and captivating. Really well done, and an interesting take on the subject.

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Classic Quantum intro/now w. Jude Law!(not really)

I read this freshman year of college, around when I knew I wa going to major in physics. I loved it then just as I love it now. In the 20 yrs since, I've seen it referenced many times by profs, working research physicists, and mass media. The complex concepts are explained effectively and with care towards not diluting the essential core physical principles down to nothing in the name of simplification and accessibility. the text in 2021 is definitely showing its age, more than 35 years I believe since it's initial publishing - it's particularly obvious when talking about the fantastic new technology -- Lasers!! (I think a new / updated edition would be very successful. Looking at you publisher.)

An obvious (and amusing) thing about the narration performance is that the reader sounds exactly, and I mean exactly, like Jude Law... after extended listening periods, I would lapse into delusions where I was suddenly listening to The Talented Mr. Ripley... Great novel/pretty good movie - and 100% irrelevant to quantum mechanics though...
Overall the narrator does quite a good job - but there are several famous physicist's names that get mispronounced. Leonard Euler is one name repeatedly flubbed. Otherwise a very solid audio set.

Bottom line: If anyone you know &/or care for is interested in physics - this book is worth the time. I haven't met anyone who has not benefited from at least some part of it.