Quantum physics is an aspect of physics my A-level course only really touches upon briefly with a section on photons and wave-particle duality. With a desire to explore the topic further, I thought Orzel’s book would be the best place to start.
This book follows a series of conversations exchanged by Orzel and his German Shepard, Emmy, over the complexity of quantum physics. Together, they explore everything from wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle to quantum tunnelling and teleportation. The conversations mostly revolve around Emmy having a problem which she thinks quantum physics can solve.
I won’t lie, I’m possibly more confused about it all than I was going in. Getting to grips with stuff as strange as superposition and wave functions is definitely headache-inducing stuff. That being said, this was definitely the right introduction into quantum physics personally.
Orzel finds a great balance between scientific jargon and more light-hearted fun. Between lengthy explanations of concepts are delightful ‘conversations’ between Orzel and Emmy that both strengthen at least a basic grasp of the content covered as well providing a much needed reprieve from what can sometimes feel like an information overload. The use of dogs in examples really helped me to piece together at least a foundation upon which I can build up a better understanding of quantum physics.
Though my understanding may have only improved marginally, I actually gained a great deal from reading this. I, oddly, feel more confident exploring branches of physics I find a little overwhelming to think about. It has sparked a wonderful curiosity to explore the world of physics in greater detail and evoked a greater appreciation of topics I’m not so keen on. I would recommend this to anyone looking to explore quantum physics with a healthy dose of canine fun thrown in.
I really want a German Shepard now…