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  • Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael D. Fayer
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    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.

    Chris says: "No math - wrong"
    "interesting but frustrating.."
    Overall

    I've always loved science.. never really dug in too deep as far as taking college level courses, but will watch the Science and Discovery Channel all day if left to my own devices.

    I bought the book for my holiday trip and have always wanted to learn a bit more about quantum physics and mechanics.

    The author mentions in the preface that he's not going to get too math and formula heavy and this can be sort of an everyman's book to help demystify the topic at hand.

    The author keeps his promise for a little while, but then proceeds to repeatedly use formulas and refers time and again to diagrams that only appear in the actual book.

    This may not be problematic for milder topics or for physics majors.. but for the everyday guy who's just trying to learn a bit of science while driving.. I found it incredibly frustrating.

    I hope to make it through the entire book because the subject matter is interesting to me.. but the way it's being presented leaves a bit to be desired.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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