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What is quantum mechanics? : a physics adventure

by Transnational College of LEX.;

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Physics? Fun? Absolutely!   (2007-05-18)


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by katherine_p

This is a physics book like you've never seen... a combination of a comic book, a personal cheerleader, and a hard-core physics textbook. I've seen physics comic books, and I've seen hard-core textbooks, but not both at once! I highly recommend it for physics students of all levels. I read it in high school and it was one of the key factors that led me to major in physics.The book draws you in with the amazing story of the group that wrote it and how and why they went about it. A collection of people of all ages and backgrounds (although generally none with any real math or physics backgrounds) who were studying language acquisition decided that since quantum mechanics was a language of the physical world and since it involved waves (they had previously studied Fourier analysis as a method of analyzing language through sound waves), they would study it! And then write a book! 10 weeks later (or was it 10 months?) the book was born.The book leads you thought their own learning process using cartoon characters of the students and the scientists who discovered quantum mechanics. But it also leads you through all the math - linear algebra, partial derivatives, and the like, gently explaining as it goes. As the book itself explains, you won't understand it all the first time through (unless you're already familiar with the material), but just as we learn a language by listening and repeating, getting a little more each time, as you work through concepts that are new to you several times, a little more sinks in each time.The book is a fun read and an inspiring one, even if you don't make it all the way through. Even just the introduction, where their theories of language learning are introduced, is interesting. It will make you want to seek out and join one of their language learning clubs! (at least, it did for me). I highly recommend it!

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