The best quantum mechanics books 📚

Browse the best books on quantum mechanics as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Coming of the Quantum Cats: A Novel of Alternate Universes

The Coming of the Quantum Cats: A Novel of Alternate Universes

By Frederik Pohl

Why this book?

This might seem a bit off-message because Pohl dropped out of college before finishing his science degree. But he did work as a weather forecaster in the US Navy. And I can’t resist including this book, because it deals with the area of science closest to my heart – many worlds, or parallel universes. The existence of these other worlds next door to our own is the best scientific explanation of the mysteries of quantum physics, such as the famous puzzle of Schrödinger’s Cat, and Pohl wraps it all up in entertaining fashion with a story of what happens when…

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Book cover of QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

By Richard P. Feynman

Why this book?

My second pick is by the master himself. Richard Feynman’s little book explains quantum electrodynamics or QED to a lay audience. Not only did he receive a Nobel Prize for his discoveries in this area, but Feynman was at the pinnacle of using deep understanding of physics to give the simplest possible yet accurate description of the world as seen through physics. He steps the reader slowly and carefully through some incredible journeys of logic (without equations) to explain how light travels from one place to another and how light interacts with matter such as electrons. It’s basic stuff, but…

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Book cover of Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution

Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution

By Carlo Rovelli, Erica Segre, Simon Carnell

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

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

By Carlos Pazos

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.

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Book cover of My First Book of Quantum Physics

My First Book of Quantum Physics

By Kaid-Sala Ferrón Sheddad, Eduard Altarriba

Why this book?

Fun and super clear graphics combined with straightforward discussions of complex topics make this book a hit. The writing is more expository than narrative, which will appeal to kids who love fact books and encyclopedias. Another one that both adults and kids can learn a ton from!

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Book cover of Mysteries of the Quantum Universe

Mysteries of the Quantum Universe

By Thibault Damour, Mathieu Burniat

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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