Book Review: Quantum

Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of RealityQuantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quantum world has always fascinated me. You cant be unsurprised when you come to know about it. In fact, it stirred up my interest on all of physical sciences. All my search for physics was started with Michio Kaku’s “Physics of the Impossible”. That was a trigger which ended up with making me to choose the books like these. I came across Jim Baggot’s “Farewell to Reality”, John Gribbin’s “In search of Schrodinger’s Cat”, Michio Kaku’s “Hyperspace” and so on. The search still continues to understand the real nature of the universe.

So, Whats special about this book? I was reluctant to read about the same topic and about the same events by knowing the contents it would have while choosing this book. After reading many reviews and ratings I bought it. Even after starting, I just paused it in the early chapters without continuing for at least six months. But then, one fine day, I just wanted to finish this thing off from my reading shelf. It started all the way from there.

You will never know what is in the store until you open the book. Once I started reading it after a long time, everything was falling into the place as it should be. It was like reading a biography of the Quanta from the Quantum world. This book briefly elaborated the history on the evolution of Quantum Mechanics starting from Max Planck and the great battle of the intelligence between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein.

Author Manjit Kumar did a fantastic job on conveying the complex concepts in simpler writings. But the prerequisite of this book is to know physics to some extent. People with basic understanding of physics only can understand the core contents of this book.

At the end of 19th century, every physicist in the world would have thought that all concepts in physics has been discovered and they are nearing the end of physics. But then, there was a discovery made by Gustav Kirchoff on black body radiation that lead the sequence of events to create a new kind of physics called Quantum Mechanics.

Suddenly, everything in the sub atomic world seems to be probabilistic. All physical laws defined by the Classical Mechanics are broken at the Quantum realm. Einstein’s stubbornness to believe a world full of probability and the counter arguments and proofs that the reality of the world as stochastic by Bohr were the core story of this book. This book also explains the foundations that are laid by the giants of the world of modern physics.

These books never bored me which made me think that I haven’t chosen physics for my profession for discovering all that incredible nature that lies in front of us. It will really make you reconsider the nature of reality. That was a great read.

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