The best books about quantum physics

The Books I Picked & Why

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different

By Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different

Why this book?

Quantum physics is supposed to be weird and mysterious, right? You might then get the impression that Beyond Weird will explain how quantum physics is weirder than weird. But, no! Beyond Weird is about how we can beyond the concept that quantum physics is weird. Philip Ball does an amazing job telling the story of how physicists have tried to make sense of quantum theory.


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How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

By Chad Orzel

How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

Why this book?

In How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog Chad Orzel has an imaginary conversation about quantum physics with his dog, Emmy. Orzel explains each of the features of quantum physics, like superposition and entanglement, by starting first with an analogy in Emmy’s understandably dog-like behavior.


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Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality

By Anil Ananthaswamy

Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality

Why this book?

Through Two Doors at Once is the most complete and lucid description of the archetypal quantum experiment, the so-called “double-slit experiment.” Anil Ananthaswamy interviews quantum scientists and weaves modern understanding into the history of one of the most famous science experiments ever.


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Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution

By Carlo Rovelli, Erica Segre, Simon Carnell

Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution

Why this book?

Carlo Rovelli is affectionately known as the “poet of modern physics,” and Helgoland does not disappoint in this regard. Don’t be fooled by the name, this book is about the deep concepts of quantum physics and the story of the scientists behind them.


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Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

By Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman

Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Why this book?

Are you still here? Good. Because by now you are probably reading to tackle some university-level courses in quantum physics, right? Well, with your background in pop quantum physics all you need to get there is a little more abstraction. So, if you have the stomach for a bit of mathematics, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind is your ticket to the big show! (Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the math, though.)


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