Quantum theory has been tested to an incredible level of precision, making it the most accurately tested theory in the history of scientific theories. Why do I talk to my dog about quantum physics? Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Quantum physics places limits on what we can know about the universe and the properties of objects in it. And amazingly, it only cost me just 14p for a brand new sealed copy plus p&p too?!! © 2008-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Great book. How about diffracting round a tree to chase squirrels? There’s a bench on the side of the path in a small clearing, and I sit down to look at the dog I’ve taken out. Modern life would be impossible without quantum mechanics. --This text refers to an alternate, Chad Orzel was born and raised in central New York, and received a degree in physics from. The tag on her kennel door gave her name as “Princess,” but that doesn’t seem appropriate. As an adult, pop culture became his life. Promotions are applied when you make a purchase. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Albert Einstein introduced relativity in 1905, and it’s a fascinating subject in its own right, but beyond the scope of this book. You will give me treats. I started reading this book before I gave it to him and found it very well written so much so that I now have it on my Kindle. The everyday world is a strange and marvelous place to a dog, and the predictions of quantum theory are no stranger or more marvelous than, say, the operation of a doorknob.*. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. She peppered Chad with questions: Could she use quantum tunneling to get through the neighbor’s fence and chase bunnies? † Inventing relativity didn’t exactly hurt, but the official reason for Einstein’s Nobel was his quantum theory of the photoelectric effect (page 22). Will I get walks?”, “You’ll get treats if you’re a good dog.”, She looks faintly offended. Please try again. Quantum physics or quantum mechanics* is the name given to the part of modern physics dealing with light and things that are very small—molecules, single atoms, subatomic particles. And although he is still only a few chapters in, he reckons that it is a very good as well as an 'accessible' read so far. After a minute of that, she stands up, shakes herself off, and says “Okay, you’re pretty good. The dog and physicist talk about such topics as the uncertainty principle, virtual particles, quantum tunneling and entanglement. Classical laws of motion govern the motion of anything large enough to see with the naked eye. Without an understanding of the quantum nature of light and atoms, it would be impossible to make the lasers we use to send messages over fiber-optic communication lines. One part, relativity, deals with objects that move very fast, or are in the presence of strong gravitational forces. Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2013. Empty space is full of ‘virtual particles’ popping in and out of existence. Some elements of quantum theory have even escaped the realm of physics and captured the popular imagination, like Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Erwin SchrÖdinger’s cat paradox, and the parallel universes of Hugh Everett’s many-worlds interpretation. This book reproduces a series of conversations with my dog about quantum physics. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. The other part of modern physics is what I talk to my dog about. I think getting your head around that is half the battle and Orzel does a really great job of putting you at ease and not making the reader feel like a moron because the subject matter is virtually incomprehensible. I like bunnies!” She wags her tail happily. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2013. After reading this book you will have a reasonable idea about quantum mechanics. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall. Not sure we actually need the dog. Classical laws of motion govern the motion of anything large enough to see with the naked eye. Physics presented so I can almost understand it... Great book. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2019, Lost me by the end of page 25 (Plancks' discovery of the particle properties of light - effectively the foundation of quantum physics . It requires a complete rethinking of the nature of reality at the most fundamental level. I could never grasp Bell's non-locality before, .. hmm. The file will be sent to your email address. Great book. In How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, Chad Orzel relates these conversations in which he explains to an eager Emma the basics of quantum physics. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Every rock, every bush, every tree will be sniffed as if it had never been sniffed before. Without an understanding of the quantum nature of light and atoms, it would be impossible to make the lasers we use to send messages over fiber-optic communication lines. I’ll have to learn something about that.”, “Well, I’d be happy to explain it to you sometime.”. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Physics presented so I can almost understand it... Great book. You submitted the following rating and review. Some of our conversations, though, are about quantum physics. But what does it have to do with dogs? “How about walks? Even its strangest predictions have been verified experimentally (as we’ll see in chapters 7, 8, and 9). Will I get walks?”, “You’ll get treats if you’re a good dog.”, She looks faintly offended. . Please try your request again later. Some elements of quantum theory have even escaped the realm of physics and captured the popular imagination, like Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Erwin SchrÖdinger’s cat paradox, and the parallel universes of Hugh Everett’s many-worlds interpretation. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. My Dad's a retired Superintendent Radiographer and was also a secondary school Physics teacher later in life and so this book made an ideal little Christmas gift for him. She wasn’t just a friendly mutt who needed a home. Quantum physics has all sorts of weird and wonderful properties. Unable to add item to List. What about quantum teleportation to catch squirrels before they climb out of reach? I like bunnies!” She wags her tail happily. So, quantum physics is neat stuff. I am not a scientist but enjoy and am fascinated by contemporary physics. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages that interest you. Chad Orzel was born and raised in central New York, and received a degree in physics from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Maryland. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2019, Lost me by the end of page 25 (Plancks' discovery of the particle properties of light - effectively the foundation of quantum physics . If dog treats appeared out of empty space in the middle of a kitchen, a human would freak out, but a dog would take it in stride. “Okay, I can’t argue with that. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? “I am a very good dog. What about quantum teleportation to catch squirrels before they climb out of reach? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. *Which unquestionably follows classical rules, but does, alas, require opposable thumbs to operate. Mostly I felt his dog stories helped to lighten the reading load. There’s a bench on the side of the path in a small clearing, and I sit down to look at the dog I’ve taken out. I started reading this book before I gave it to him and found it very well written so much so that I now have it on my Kindle. Will there be critters for me to chase?”, “Well, yeah. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Quantum physics may sound like the stuff of fantasy fiction, but it’s science. He lives near campus with his wife Kate, their daughter, and, of course, Emmy, the Queen of Niskayuna. Discussing quantum physics with my dog is useful because it helps me see how to discuss quantum mechanics with humans. A level-headed and confident guide, he takes Emmy (and the reader) through everything from wave-particle duality and superpositions to quantum tunneling and the so-called "many worlds" interpretation ("many worlds, many treats").” –NewScientist.com, Chad Orzel was born and raised in central New York, and received a degree in physics from. Particle properties are indeterminate until you measure them. We’ve got a good-sized yard, and there are lots of birds and squirrels, and the occasional rabbit.”, “Ooooh! If you can look at the world the way a dog does, as an endless source of surprise and wonder, then quantum mechanics will seem a lot more approachable. Sometimes it helped and sometimes it was funny but, for me, more often it seemed forced and unhelpful. Find all the books, read about the author and more. He is now a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He had a stroke recently and so anything that holds his attention these days and makes him laugh is always a huge bonus to me. Head writer for A.V. ... so far. I started reading this book before I gave it to him and found it very well written so much so that I now have it on my Kindle.

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