Jim Baggot does an excellent job of the taking us on the journey of the quantum mechanics. Mike Pollock's narration is likable. Since its inception with the work of Max Planck right till the current ongoing work of Ed Witten on M-String theory, the entire spectrum is well chronicled.
You will get the glimpses of the what went on through the minds of Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schroedinger as well as Wolfgang Pauli and Paul Dirac. The idea of Neils Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory is concretely explained. Albert Einstein's role in all this is nicely potrayed.
The rich additions to the standard model of physics was done by next generation of physicists such as Murray Gellman, Sheldon Glashow, Richard Feynman. The concepts of quarks, Quantum Electrodynamics and Quantum Chromodynamics is vividly explained through the thoughts of these great scientists.
The books ends with Stephen Hawking's black hole theory and the search project for the still elusive Higgs Boson - "the God particle"
All star hockey players' birth dates show a rare recurring phenomenon;
A man gets access to a time shared computer in 1968 in his high school when not all top Universities had access to one;
A person is born with a super human level of IQ, yet fails to secure a College degree and ends up as average under achiever;
A school in an extremely impoverished neighborhood churns out fantastic students;
A child in a tiny Canadian village with average students and teachers becomes a best selling author.
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell narrates a few such stories. Stories which are interesting read in themselves.
But underneath lies a theory that super success and underachievement are products of a symbiotic mix of opportunity and hard work.
Gladwell does well to illustrate how conditions like home environment, role of teachers, onset of opportunity and other parameters can be defining factors in success.
What he tries to convey in the end is that success is not just a result of plain vanilla hard work.
And moreover how we as a society should take cognizance of this fact and set up stage for greater number of success stories.
Oh yeah and that child in tiny Canadian village is Malcolm Gladwell himself.
He attributes his success to two super smart friends of his early childhood from his tiny school.
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