Since June 2016 (here), I’ve been resting from the task of attempting to understand Quantum Theory. I needed additional reading material, and Christmas afforded the opportunity to obtain it. Amongst the trawl are: Quantum Mechanics – A Complete Introduction (Alexandre Zagoskin), and The Quantum Story – A History in 40 Moments (Jim Baggott). Also, there are a number of books to add colour: Fashion, Faith and Fantasy – in the New Physics of the Universe (Roger Penrose), Schroedinger’s Kittens (John Gribbin), The Strangest Man (Graham Farmelo), Inside the Centre – the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Ray Monk), and Surely you’re Joking Mr. Feynman! The last of these I’ve finished reading, and I’m half way through the Kittens. And then, last week, an email arrived from Amazon – one of those ‘Because you bought this, we thought you’d might want to buy this’ emails. Normally, these are deleted without engagement, but this one caught my eye. It was advertising the book in the picture. The Ladybird book of Quantum Mechanics (by Jim Al-Khalili), just published – only £5.99 (special offer).
Too much of a temptation. It’s arrived and I’ve read it. Honestly, a Ladybird book of quantum mechanics – how can a scientist not buy it?