By Michael D. Fayer
Physics is a posh, even daunting subject, however it is usually deeply enjoyable even exciting. And liberated from its mathematical underpinnings, physics by surprise turns into available to somebody with the interest and mind's eye to discover its attractiveness. technological know-how with no math? It's no longer that strange. for instance, we will comprehend the concept that of gravity with out fixing a unmarried equation. So for all those that could have meditated what makes blueberries blue and strawberries pink; if you have questioned if sound particularly travels in waves; and why gentle behaves so in a different way from the other phenomenon within the universe, it's all a question of quantum physics. "Absolutely Small" offers (and demystifies) the area of quantum technology like no ebook prior to. It explores clinical innovations from debris of sunshine, to chance, to states of topic, to what makes greenhouse gases undesirable in significant intensity, yet utilizing examples from the standard international. tough with out being intimidating, available yet now not condescending, "Absolutely Small" develops the reader's instinct for the very nature of items at their most simple and interesting degrees.
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Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World by Michael D. Fayer