How To Teach Physics to Your Dog
by Chad Orzel
QC24.5 .O79 2009
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Physics: not exactly a subject that is high on many people’s list of favorites. I know that I took the required physics class in high school, and that was enough for me. The formulas and equations just went right over my head. The thought of continuing to something like quantum mechanics seemed like a daunting and insurmountable task. If only I would have had this week’s featured book to guide the way…
Orzel, a physics professor at Union College in New York, aims to bring understanding of a complex subject to the masses with his book about quantum theory. His inspiration for explaining concepts like particle-wave duality and quantum tunneling: his dog, Emmy. Using examples like chasing squirrels and bunnies and getting treats, the author demystifies the world of quantum physics and makes the challenging concepts much more accessible so that you and I can make some sense of it.