Mostly what I learned from this book is: 1) trying to explain quantum theory in a graphic novel format doesn’t actually make it any more understandable for someone like me, and 2) “Quantum theory cannot be explained. Physicists and mathematicians … have admitted that it doesn’t make sense.” Number 2 is a sentence from the book.
Quantum Theory is a pretty tough topic. it IS after all, a theory, and one in which even some of our most brilliant scientific minds have disagreed on (Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein apparently battled [verbally] over the subject, each trying to disprove the other).
If I understand it, the theory essentially attempts to explain the motion of sub-atomic particles. Because the particles can not actually be measured or monitored individually, their movements and reactions are ‘theorized’ given different particulars.
I’m not a math guy, not by a long shot, so when I see things like “E = αf³exp(-ßf/T)” — even in a graphic novel format — I tend to start checking out.
Kudos to McEvoy and Zarate and the “Introducing” series for this format and for this attempt. I’m sad to admit that I’m not up to the challenge of learning about Quantum Theory.
Looking for a good book? Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide does everything it can to make it understandable, but you still need to have some strong understanding of math and science to follow the principles of this theory that “cannot be explained.”
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Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide
authors: J.P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate
publisher: Icon Books, Ltd
Kindle Edition, 176 pages