Book Review: Simply Quantum Physics by D.K. Publishing

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: D.K. Publishing
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Pages: 160, hardcover
Source: NetGalley

A clear, simple, graphic-led introduction to quantum physics.

Are you short of time but hungry for knowledge? This beginner’s quantum physics book proves that sometimes less is more. Bold graphics and easy-to-understand explanations make it the most accessible guide to quantum physics on the market.

This smart but powerful guide cuts through the jargon and gives you the facts in a clear, visual way. Step inside the strange and fascinating world of subatomic physics that at times seems to conflict with common sense. Unlock the mysteries of more than 100 key ideas, from quantum mechanics basics to the uncertainty principle and quantum tunneling.

Each pared-back, single-page entry demystifies the groundbreaking ideas in modern science. From Schroedinger’s Cat and quantum teleportation to atoms and gravity, Simply Quantum Physics is the ultimate jargon-free overview of the subject.

It’s hard to go wrong with a DK book. They’re always informative and wonderfully illustrated. In Simply Quantum Physics, DK give us bite-sized (quark-sized?) bits about a complex subject. Most of the easily-grasped concepts take only a page, and build on each other, in a very readable format.

The only quibble I have, and it’s a minor one, is the ordering of some of the snippets. For example, they state a couple of times that you can’t know momentum and direction both with accuracy, but don’t discuss the Uncertainty Principle until several pages later. 

This book serves as a great refresher for anyone who has taken some advanced science courses, or for someone who wants a taste of what’s out there after getting some basic science classes under their belt. It’s also a nice reference for someone who runs into a concept while reading, say, a SF novel, and wants just a brief blurb about it.

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