The best books about quantum physics to grow up on

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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Quantum Physics for Babies

By Chris Ferrie,

Book cover of Quantum Physics for Babies

What is my book about?

Quantum Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the principle that gives quantum physics its name. Babies (and grownups!) will discover that the wild world of atoms never comes to a standstill. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it’s never too early to become a quantum physicist!

The books I picked & why

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Baby Loves Quantum Physics!

By Ruth Spiro, Irene Chan (illustrator),

Book cover of Baby Loves Quantum Physics!

Why this book?

Baby Loves Quantum Physics is a cute book about Schrodinger’s Cat, which was featured in a “thought-experiment” nearly 100 years ago about what quantum physics ought to look to big things like humans or cats. The illustrations are engaging for young readers and the language is pitched at a suitable level. This a great step on baby’s quantum quest!


Quantum Physics for Smart Kids, Volume 4: A Little Scientist's Guide to Atoms, Molecules, Matter, and More

By Carlos Pazos,

Book cover of Quantum Physics for Smart Kids, Volume 4: A Little Scientist's Guide to Atoms, Molecules, Matter, and More

Why this book?

Baby is now a child and is probably ready to graduate beyond short analogies. So, next up is Quantum Physics for Smart Kids, where Valentina and her cat Plank journey into the quantum world! There they find all sorts of fun facts about quantum physics as well as some explanations for why the world behaves this way.


My First Book of Quantum Physics

By Kaid-Sala Ferrón Sheddad, Eduard Altarriba (illustrator),

Book cover of My First Book of Quantum Physics

Why this book?

Now that baby is a full-on “big kid,” they are going to need some quantum physics reference material. Kaid-Sala Ferrón Sheddad has you covered with My First Book of Quantum Physics. (Okay, okay, it should really be your third book, but I’ll let it slide.) This book is jam-packed with fully illustrated facts about quantum physics and allows you to dip in and out, or just flip to a random page and start learning!


Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure

By Dominic Walliman, Ben Newman (illustrator),

Book cover of Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure

Why this book?

Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure is part picture book, part encyclopedia, part graphic novel, and all quantum awesome. The facts in here go beyond the quantum world into all the things quantum physics touches, like forces, energy, and time. The diagrams are descriptive, yet engaging. This is another great reference book for the quantum collection!


Mysteries of the Quantum Universe

By Thibault Damour, Mathieu Burniat,

Book cover of Mysteries of the Quantum Universe

Why this book?

While not really a kid’s book, Mysteries of the Quantum Universe is a fully illustrated graphic novel about a journey through time to visit the historical figures in quantum physics. At each location, the protagonist learns about the quantum world straight from the scientists themselves—fun! The language is a bit complex and so you may have to read it together. It may seem weird to “read” a graphic novel to a child, but I promise it works!


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