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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael D. Fayer Narrator: Scott Peterson Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Our intuition about how things should behave is usually right in the everyday world. We see the baseball soar in the air, arc, drop, and lie stationary on the ground. Through data gathered by our senses and basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, the motion of a ball makes perfect sense.
But enter the world of the tiniest particles on earth-the motion of electrons, the shapes of molecules-and everything we think we know about the world radically changes. To understand what's really happening in the world around us, to comprehend the mysterious, counterintuitive science of the small, we must take a quantum theory view of nature.
Like no other book before it, Absolutely Small makes the inherently challenging field of quantum theory understandable to nonscientists, without oversimplifying and without bogging down in complicated math. Written by an award-winning professor at Stanford University, the book uses clear explanations and real-world examples instead of dense equations to help you understand:
Why strawberries are red and blueberries are blue
How particles can change from "mixed states" to "pure states" based solely on observation
How a single photon can be in two places at the same time
Why quantum matter sometimes acts like particles, and other times like waves
Why a piece of metal will glow red when it is hot, and turn blue when it's even hotter
What makes salt dissolve in water, while oil does not, and much more
In the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Lewis Thomas, but without the rigorous mathematical requirements, Absolutely Small demystifies the fascinating realm of quantum physics and chemistry, complete with compelling accounts of the scientists and experiments that helped form our current understanding of quantum matter. Challenging without being intimidating, accessible but not condescending, Absolutely Small develops your intuition for the nature of things at their smallest and most intriguing level.
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  • “Provides a road map for nonscientific readers who wish to understand the subject but lack advanced mathematical training…A serious, accessible treatment of a complex and fascinating subject.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jack Stringer | 10/19/2013

    " This book is amazing! I have learned so much about quantum theory and how everything works from electricity to black body radiation. I will defiantly be reading more of Dr. Fayers books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra | 10/15/2013

    " Helped me understand quantum mechanics, and that's saying a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/6/2013

    " A simple and easy to understand explanation with no math. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gendou | 10/6/2012

    " A strange but interesting book. The author is not a good writer, but he has a lot to say about quantum effects in our daily life. He spends too much time building up our mathematical vocabulary, when two or three English words might have sufficed. "

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