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Alice in Quantumland by Robert Gilmore
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Alice in Quantumland (1995)

by Robert Gilmore

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The attempted parallel with Carroll's Wonderland feels awkward and forced. With so little real explanation in favor of pushing the Alice story, I can't recommend this book for laypersons looking to familiarize themselves with the basics of quantum mechanics. ( )
  neuroklinik | Mar 11, 2015 |
Una deliziosa parodia del capolavoro Carrolliano dove Alice viaggia nel mondo della meccanica quantistica e incontra le particelle elementari e altri strani personaggi che le spiegano le leggi di questo mondo meraviglioso. Un libro incantevole e affascinante che mi ha fatto tornare in mente "Mister Tompkins, l'atomo e l'universo" di Gamow. Per poter apprezzare il libro, che non definirei divulgativo ma un divertissement, direi che sia indispensabile una conoscenza almeno minima della meccanica quantistica ed un amore incondizionato per Alice di Carroll visti i continui riferimenti. ( )
  SergioPerkunas | Apr 10, 2013 |
Definitely an enjoyable read, but I don't feel I gained much scientific knowledge. (Possibly because I read another introduction to quantum physics only a few days ago.) ( )
  fluteflute | Apr 18, 2012 |
Divertente, personaggi azzeccati e stile molto fluido.
Una bella lettura sia per chi non ha mai sentito parlare di quanti o particelle, sia per chi ne è quasi un esperto.
Da leggere. ( )
  deathflame | Nov 12, 2010 |
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  MsPibel | Nov 6, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0387914951, Hardcover)

My eyes tend to glaze over when I encounter YAPBAQPs (Yet Another Popular Book About Quantum Physics). But this volume captured my attention, and imagination. Told in the same way as Alice in Wonderland (with many of the original passages re-tooled to their new purpose) and a hint of Flatland, Gilmore guides us through the principles of Quantum mechanics in a truly lively and fun way. I suspect it may even be a good read for teens or extremely bright children.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:36 -0400)

Alice is about to enter a whole new Wonderland. It's Quantumland--a kind of intellectual amusement park, smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. There she'll meet an Emperor who thinks his new clothes into existence, dance with the Three Quark Brothers at the Particle MASSquerade, travel back in time (running into herself), and experience all kinds of quantum effects. Readers will learn about the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, the Pauli Principle, and other elusive concepts.… (more)

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