The best books about quantum physics that are also the most accessible

Who am I?

I am a professor of quantum physics—the most notoriously complicated science humans have ever invented. While the likes of Albert Einstein commented on how difficult quantum physics is to understand, I disagree! Ever since my mum asked me—back while I was a university student—to explain to her what I was studying, I’ve been on a mission to make quantum physics as widely accessible as possible. Science belongs to us all and we should all have an opportunity to appreciate it!


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Where Did the Universe Come From? and Other Cosmic Questions: Our Universe, from the Quantum to the Cosmos

By Chris Ferrie, Geraint F. Lewis,

Book cover of Where Did the Universe Come From? and Other Cosmic Questions: Our Universe, from the Quantum to the Cosmos

What is my book about?

In this book I teamed up with cosmology professor Geraint F. Lewis as we examine the universe through the two unifying and yet often contradictory lenses of classical physics and quantum mechanics, tackling questions such as: Where did the universe come from? Why do dying stars rip themselves apart? Do black holes last forever? What is left for humans to discover?

This book represents a brief but fascinating exploration of the vastness of the universe and will have you turning the pages until your biggest and smallest questions about the cosmos have been answered.

The books I picked & why

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

By Philip Ball,

Book cover of 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.


How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

By Chad Orzel,

Book cover of 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.


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

By Anil Ananthaswamy,

Book cover of 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.


Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution

By Carlo Rovelli, Erica Segre, Simon Carnell

Book cover of 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.


Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

By Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman,

Book cover of 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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