• Fundamental

  • How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity)
  • By: Tim James
  • Narrated by: Tim James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Fundamental does for physics what Tim's first book, Elemental, does for chemistry: it demystifies the topic in his trademark humorous, engaging style, including the most recent developments in the field. 

At the start of the 20th century, science appeared complete and the laws of nature were almost all discovered, but then we woke a sleeping giant - we discovered quantum mechanics. 

In the quantum realm, objects can be in two places at once. It's a place where time travel is not only possible, but necessary. It's a place where cause and effect can happen in reverse and observing something changes its state. From parallel universes to antimatter, quantum mechanics has revealed that when you get right down to it, the laws of nature are insane. The scientist J. B. S. Haldane once said, 'Reality is not only stranger than we imagine...it's stranger than we can imagine.' Never is this more true than with quantum mechanics; our best, most recent attempt to make sense of the fundamental laws of nature. 

Fundamental is a comprehensive beginner's guide to quantum mechanics, explaining not only the weirdness of the subject but the experiments that proved it to be true. Using a humorous and light-hearted approach, Fundamental tells the story of how the most brilliant minds in science grappled with seemingly impossible ideas and gave us everything from microchips to particle accelerators.  

Fundamental gives clear explanations of all the quantum phenomena known to modern science, without requiring an understanding of complex mathematics; tells the eccentric stories of the scientists who made these shattering discoveries and what they used them for; and explains how quantum field theory (a topic not covered in detail by any other popular-science book) gave rise to particle physics and why the Higgs boson isn't the end of the story.

©2019 Tim James (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Brilliant!

I have listened to and enjoyed many books that attempt to tackle the complexity of this topic and it not a easy task by any means.

It is easy to underappreciated the complexity of trying to translates the language of quantum mechanics to someone who is new to the idea.

So often these types of books tend to over simplify, miss the point, go off on a nonsensical tangent that tends to become background noise after the third syllable, get it wrong entirely (probably), be bias, or worst of all, have a terrible nariator with a voice that unfortunately never graduated High school or is so mono tone, you listen to it to help you fall asleep at night.

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The performance was amazing!

Few books are as engaging and passionate as Tim James when he is speaking about what he loves and he managed to talk about a topic that doesn't make any sense whatsoever and proceed to convey the problem with such clarity that you can finally understand and appreciate the full scale of the mind F that it is.

Thank you Tim James! If you are reading this, I really Truly appreciated your book and look forward to listening to your work in the future. 15/10 Will definitely recommend to everyone in many divergent universes, including this one.

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this writer is brilliant

if i didn't know something, this writer made me crave researching it. i hope mr james continues to write these books, elemental and fundamental were both hilarious and intriguing!

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Great Book

Tim James manages to explain the incredibly complex theories of quantum physics with wit, charm and intellect, while managing to keep it understandable to non-phyisicists. I found this book engaging and fulfilling. Very enjoyable and best of all, I learned lots.

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Funny and witty

Great analogies and humor throughout makes this book a must listen and valuable addition to the quantum physics literature.

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Quantum physics for anyone!

This was a joy to listen too. I will listen to it again. if you want to get an idea of what the physics discoveries you hear about on your google news feed are talking about, this is a good place to start.

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  • D B.
  • 08-22-20

Succinct, full of physics, utterly brilliant

I have read 57 physics books, but have not come across one like this before. It explains physics across the board, taking nothing for granted. It is lively, funny, and fulfils every aspersion of one who is hungry for knowledge.

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  • Jim
  • 12-11-19

A truly superb book.

Loved this book. Really interesting tour of the ideas and experiments that led to the development of quantum theory and quantum mechanics.
Couldn't put it down and very accessible - highly recommended!

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  • Richard Evans
  • 04-29-21

Quantum Mechanics

I now know more than I did. I now less than I did.
Great book.

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  • Mr G.
  • 04-17-21

Great explanation of a complicated subect

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  • TDT
  • 02-21-21

The most accessible book ok this subject

Really enjoyed this. It is fascinating and accessible and the author reads really well. Reccomended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-20

Loved it.

Enjoyable and informative. Well explained. Covered a lot and fluent. Glad I purchased this book.

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  • Sue Thatcher
  • 09-10-20

fab

Really enjoyed this,lots of information presented in an interesting way and with just a touch of humour. Well narrated