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  • Published: 3 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780241952702
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.00

The Quantum Universe

Everything that can happen does happen




The phenomenal top ten bestseller that shows how everyone can understand how the universe works

The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science.

But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand our amazing world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is good?
Here, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw give us the real science behind the bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe, and reveal exactly how everything that can happen, does happen.

  • Published: 3 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780241952702
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.00

About the authors

Brian Cox

Brian Cox is a Professor of Particle Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He also works at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. He has received many awards for his work promoting science, including the prestigious British Association Lord Kelvin Award and, in 2010, an OBE. He is also a popular presenter on TV and radio.

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw began collaborating on scientific papers in 1998 and have published on topics ranging from Pomerons to Higgs Bosons. Their first book togetherWhy Does E = mc2? became a critically acclaimed international bestseller:

'Fundamental and dizzyingly exciting.' The Times

'A truly impressive achievement.' Daily Telegraph

'Like being taken on an army assault course by the two friendliest drill sergeants in the world.' Guardian

'Pairs the enthusiasm of newcomers with the knowledge of experts.' Physics World

Jeff Forshaw

Jeff Forshaw is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester, specializing in the physics of elementary particles. He was awarded the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal in 1999 for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics. He has co- written an undergraduate textbook on relativity and is the author of an advanced level monograph on particle physics.

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw began collaborating on scientific papers in 1998 and have published on topics ranging from Pomerons to Higgs Bosons. Their first book togetherWhy Does E = mc2? became a critically acclaimed international bestseller:

'Fundamental and dizzyingly exciting.' The Times

'A truly impressive achievement.' Daily Telegraph

'Like being taken on an army assault course by the two friendliest drill sergeants in the world.' Guardian

'Pairs the enthusiasm of newcomers with the knowledge of experts.' Physics World

Praise for The Quantum Universe

A scientific match made in heaven...as breezily a written accessible account of the theory of quantum mechanics as you could wish for - from the Planck constant to the Higgs particle and everything theoretically in between

Observer

Mindblowing ... what is novel about this attempt is that the writers take an intellectual rather than a historical approach ... it is a surprisingly rich idea that allows the authors to avoid using too much mathematics

Christopher Potter, Sunday Times

[Cox and Forshaw] stand together at the cutting edge of their discipline ... despite their elevated status, both men remain tiggerishly excitable about their subject ... Cox and Forshaw's book is a carefully guided tour through this quantum world ... popularize[s] without dumbing down

Christopher Cook, Financial Times

A thrilling voyage into the subatomic world

The Economist Books of the Year

With brightness and gusto, the opening chapters deal with the culture shock that thinking about the sub-atomic world entails ...They are good at drawing connections between seemingly esoteric theory and everyday practicalities

Doug Johnstone, Independent on Sunday

The rock star of science... In Quantum Universe they do a great job of bringing a difficult subject to life

Hannah Devlin, The Times

Breaks the rules of popular science writing...admirably shies away from dumbing down...the authors' love for their subject-matter shines through the book

The Economist

Admirably, Cox and Forshaw...treat topics that do not usually show up in popular books...readers will enjoy this engaging, ambitious and creative tour of our quantum universe

David Kaiser, The Guardian

By explaining theories about the world, Cox and Forshaw show that the workings of the universe can be understood by us all

Fanny Blake, Woman & Home

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