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How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

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I must admit that I cannot say I truly understand all the information presented in the book, but I read it with pleasure anyway.

I found this device far too distracting and cheesy for my tastes, and it adds very little to Orzel’s explanations. The book alternates between short conversations with Orzel’s dog, an unusually intelligent animal who wants to use quantum mechanics to catch squirrels and rabbits, and Orzel’s straightforward presentation of the science behind the basic concepts. Somehow I had the expectation that this would be dumbed down a lot, but the latter half of each chapter proved to be quite informative. I know that dog of yours is a brain-box, but I must confess I liked your book despite its unique selling point, rather than because of it.This book tries with best intentions, simplest explanations and concrete examples to explain the this mind-boggling branch of modern physics under the comfy blanket of conversations with a dog. Orzel frames each chapter within a conversation with his dog, Emmy, grounded in the context of something a dog would do, like hunt bunnies or eat treats. On quantum teleportation: “You could use it to make a quan­tum ver­sion of the In­ter­net, if you had a cou­ple of quan­tum com­put­ers that you needed to con­nect to­gether. Orzel establishes a good foundation for the reader by developing the key ideas and establishing a basic vocabulary.

To persuade Chad that she should be allowed to choose both hands she gives him the example of Schrodinger's cat, or in her case Schrodinger's dog. Dogs can’t count, let alone calculate square roots so the author uses concrete examples using bunnies, squirrels and dog treats to illustrate concepts like particle-wave duality and quantum tunneling. The study of quantum physics, combined with a conscious re-definition of how we perceive reality, may lead us again to the insight that a conscious intellect is the 'unverse observing itself', and even cross Wittgenstein's barrier that language is the final obstacle to reality. I like to look over the new fiction and nonfiction sections, as well as just wandering the stacks pulling down and scanning all kinds of books.I thought you explained the physics well, and I liked your book for these explanations, but I found myself skipping over the animal-metaphors very early on. Maybe a dog person would find Chad Orzel’s attempts to talk quantum mechanics in the language of a pet and her owner more endearing. The unique concept behind the book is both its charm and the reason for me to doubt whether or not to give it a slightly lower rating. When Quantum Physics expert Dr Chad Orzel went to adopt a dog he never imagined he would end up with one as inquisitive as Emmy. Here you will find the most fundamental concepts related to quantum physics explained: Uncertainty principle, particle-wave duality, many worlds theory and quantum entanglement.

The bizarre world of quantum physics comes across much more powerfully in Chad Orzel's book than it does in Cox and Forshaw's work, and leaves much more of an impression on the reader. The author uses the literary devise of explaining physics to his dog to make the topic accessible and interesting. The book starts with a basic introduction to what quantum physics is, and how it differs from classical physics. Quantum fields are non-local, and their quantities are not assigned to any specific points in space-time.Emma loves to chase bunnies and squirrels in the garden, but the problem is that she cannot predict where they will be so they are able to dodge her every time. It's not useless for people like me who have a fair bit of physics background, but are not up on QED; and of course it's probably terrible if you're a graduate quantum physicist. When adopted from the shelter by physics professor Chad Orzel, she becomes immediately fascinated by his work. He'd need to be there with me and his dog and for demonstration purposes, and then I could go, "wait, wait, what? It’s hard for me to approach books like this from the eyes of a first timer, because I’ve read so many—I don’t pretend that means I know a lot about quantum mechanics, but you do start to hear the same stories over and over.

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