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In this cleverly conceived book, physicist Robert Gilmore makes accessible some complex concepts in quantum mechanics by sending Alice to Quantumland-a whole new Wonderland, smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. Alice unusual encounters, enhanced by illustrations by Gilmore himself, make the Uncertainty Principle, waIn this cleverly conceived book, physicist Robert Gilmore makes accessible some complex concepts in quantum mechanics by sending Alice to Quantumland-a whole new Wonderland, smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. Alice unusual encounters, enhanced by illustrations by Gilmore himself, make the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, the Pauli Principle, and other elusive concepts easier to grasp....

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  • J.P.
    2018-12-09 22:45

    This book is a well written & straightforward allegory for an introduction to the basics of Quantum Physics/Mechanics. I think it's helpful to understand at least a little about the subject because if you're interested in books written about the Universe, different aspects of this topic tend to come up fairly often. It is very odd because of the way things work in such a counter-intuitive manner, yet experimentation agrees with it's predictions. It goes into protons, electrons, quarks, spin, Pauli Exclusion Principle, Heisenberg Uncertainty principle & much more. It explains these concepts in a very straightforward manner which is made very easy with the use of the allegory. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in the subject & needs a good starting point.

  • Nada Khaled
    2018-11-18 06:04

    Quantumland Rules:-Probability is the only certain thing here-Penetrating barrier is available-Being in more than one place at the same time all together -until being observed- is normal-Electrons are unseen: Interference take place-Electrons are seen: No interference (behave classically)-The impossible takes shorter-For every particle there is an anti-particle goes backward in time-Destruction before creation is normal-Electron-Positron←→Photon-Nucleus splitting is possibleOkay, after those rules, I feel like being splitted into two versions, a Classical & a Quantum one, and that was the result:Classical me: It's all nonsense!! Einstein must be right; "God doesn't play dice!"Quantum me: Aha, but Einstein didn't see all the technological advances based on Quantum mechanics..Classical me: Even if he did! It's not persuasive! It can't be!!Quantum me: Don't be so traditional! Be open-minded, please ..Classical me: Open-minded or Mindless, you mean !?Quantum me: If you don't believe in it so explain how the equations are working perfectly well!Classical me: It must be mathematical tricks and no more!Quantum me: Then explain such technological devices took place based on those equations? The mobile phone you are holding! How is it existed?Classical me: I don't know but there must be another thing! Something is missing! I'm certain!!Quantum me: I don't believe in certainty, Probability is what I followMy Mind:Since all my knowledge about Quantum Mechanics are Youtube videos & some articles, and it's my first time to read a book about it; I find it a very mind blowing & confusing theory,, and if you decided to apply it on daily life, you are going to hell by your own choice :D Regarding the book, it is pretty amazing; It's involving this great story "Alice in Wonderland" in the real fantasy of the Quantum world producing this masterpiece,, and the book is so simple and easily understandable for those who know very little about this theory, though some parts beat my brains out, but comparing to the whole book, they are neglected, so if you don't even have the main concepts or a background about it you don't have to worry ;)

  • Noha
    2018-12-11 02:56

    I'm not going to lie and give a higher ranking to look smart ... I almost understood the first half of the book only

  • ron btdtbttsawio
    2018-11-22 04:55

    I made it about 30% into this book before I bailed. It's more of a novelty book and doesn't really teach the concepts of quantum physics very well.

  • PABlo Bley
    2018-11-23 05:08

    By adapting Lewis Carroll's well known story "Alice in Wonderland", physicist Robert Gilmore offers an entertaining and educational look at the theoretical framework of Physics-Quantum Mechanics which seems to provide the most accurate explanations of the way things are in the physical world. The story takes us to Quantumland, where Alice encounters a world of electrons and photons, wave functions, the Pauli Principle and the Uncertainty Principle. Along the way, Alice meets Schrödinger's cat, an emperor, a little mermaid and an ugly duckling, all of whom have something to tell her about quantum physics. It's accessible, yet in-depth, with scientific definitions, and fun illustrations that help the reader to imagine very complex concepts. “Throughout the narrative you will find many statements that are obviously nonsensical and quite at variance with common sense. For the most part these are true.”― Robert Gilmore, Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

  • Allen
    2018-12-11 03:55

    As the subtitle says, this is an allegory of quantum physics. We find Alice on a dull, rainy day as she watches uninteresting TV programs which leads her to daydream about doing something interesting. As Alice continues watching the TV screen becomes fuzzy and she finds herself being pulled inside, tumbling headlong into a new world - a world where electrons always bounce and wiggle so that they can remain small, where rabbits run headlong at locked doors and pass through unharmed (eventually), where no matter what path Alice takes, she always ends up where she is supposed to be. This is Quantum World, the world that we live in, the world that would make our heads spin if we could see into the atom. The book is full of "color"ful and "quark"y characters and was a lot of fun to read. I recommend it to imaginative science geeks.

  • Mohamed IBrahim
    2018-11-22 04:54

    the amazing story when we put it in this strange world , the quantum world it all about real world magic , small scale is real and is not just an imagination like what in the original Alice story you will feel enjoyed with every line of this book I have and objection only about over simplification of some points

  • Emadacuz
    2018-12-05 01:53

    Dieci anni fa, da studente di seconda liceo, mi sono messo a leggere questo romanzo nella speranza di avere un'idea di cosa parlassero "quelli che fanno scienza", come dice mia nonna. Il risultato e' che oggi, bene o male lavoro ogni giorno -da dottorando in nanotecnolgie farmaceutiche- su fisca e chimica quanistica, anche se in maniera molto superficiale.Cosi', per omaggiare un libro che ha quasi segnato la mia vita scolastica ed universitaria, ho deciso di rileggerlo... l'ho trovato molto carino, ma estremamente ingenuo. La rilettura mi permette pero' di dire con certezza che l'esperimento di portare a tutti le basi e i nomi della meccanica quantistica e' perfettamente riuscito.

  • Viji(Bookish endeavors)
    2018-11-16 01:41

    Wow.!! That was a really cool ride(read..).! The topic being something of Himalayan proportions,the presentation was done in an interesting way. At few places,I felt like I was reading Chinese but the rest was really interesting.. The attempt to find humor in subatomic interactions is laudable. I especially liked the introduction of nucleus as the master behind everything,just like some underground mafia don. And Castle Rutherford and Mendeleev Pier,that was perfect. As a whole,this book is just perfect for getting one interested in quantum physics.

  • Maurizio Codogno
    2018-12-09 01:41

    Favoloso. Gilmore è riuscito a spiegare persino a me come funziona la meccanica quantistica (e il Meccanico Quantistico, tra l'altro, è troppo divertente come personaggio). La parafrasi delle storie di Alice è riuscita perfettamente, e la si può apprezzare anche se non si vuole proprio pensare alla fisica - basta saltare gli approfondimenti, che tanto sono in piccolo e riquadrati in modo da trovarli ed evitarli senza nessun rischio.

  • Patricia Ferreira
    2018-12-11 02:38

    This book is just great, it's just what I wish I cold do, see the electrons and protons and quarks and all the atoms interacting and see how it is. I absolutely loved it, and recommend it to anyone who has the slightest interest in physics or chemistry.

  • Teo
    2018-12-06 04:45

    I went into this book under the impression that Robert Gilmore would use Alice as a medium to teach readers about quantum physics. I was hoping that this would read more like a novel, rather than a textbook. Unfortunately, this is not the case.Instead, Gilmore is - quite literally - teaching you. He is the professor. You are the student sitting in a classroom.The word 'allegory' is defined as "expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence". In "Alice in Quantumland", our heroine goes from place to place, where she meets characters who give her actual lessons in quantum physics."Hello, I am an Electron. Let me tell you something about myself." Begin lesson. The 'narrative' is even interrupted by actual block-quotes which go deeper into the lessons, and also end-of-chapter notes for additional lesson-y stuff.Basically, add the sentence "The Quantum Mechanic said:" before any quantum physics textbook and you get "Alice in Quantumland". Not exactly the allegory I was hoping for, honestly.Lesson after lesson after lesson dryly presented by so called characters such as the Photon, the Electron, the Classic Mechanic, the Quantum Mechanic", etc. I say, so called, because there are no actual literary characters in this work; there is no plot; there is nothing besides physics lessons.Granted, Gilmore does offer some neat scenes that do make some aspects of the whole quantum jumble more understandable to the average reader. It's not enough, however. Myself, I do have an amateur interest for all this physics stuff, but still this book was pretty tedious to finish.It seems like a lot wasted potential, and that something really remarkable could've been done with this idea. Too bad. To conclude, as Alice herself comments in the last line of the book: "Boring." Can't recommend it.

  • Igor
    2018-11-21 22:52

    Troppo poco spazio per ciascuna domanda, ma un infinità di link e rimandi a internet per approfondire.... il libraio mi ha guardato male e mi ha detto: "Quando l'ho preso non pensavo di venderlo". Non è proprio un libro da ombrellone, anche se scritto in modo abbastanza leggero, ma credo che anche chi conosce la fisica e la meccanica quantistica fa un po' fatica a cogliere tutte le metafore. "Alice fu urtata da un fotone e si sentì subito eccitata, senza sapere bene perchè. Poi tornò al suo solito stato". Questa è l'unica che ho capito. Merita comunque 4 stellette (e mezzo, ma non c'è il mezzo...)

  • Carmen
    2018-11-23 22:50

    This may be a good idea for a book, but it isn't any more understandable than any other book on quantum physics that I've tried.

  • Syed Koushik
    2018-11-20 03:06

    The very foundation of quantum mechanics has been shown .Or has been described for the amateurs . Well, in a fictional way .

  • Phani Tholeti
    2018-12-08 23:58

    Colors are not colors and red has an anti-red - and both of them are not colors. Particles exist before they have been caused, and then travel back in time to collide with their respective anti-particles to die - causing the particles to appear like an anti-particles after the collisions for sometime.Words as unrelated as Up, down, top, bottom, strange and charm are types of properties of a particle.All you are left with is confusion. It's confusing. confusinger. confusingest.Truly words do mean what QM choses them to mean. How else can one describe QM? It can be described as in this book.

  • Georgia
    2018-12-03 21:44

    Robert Gilmore does a wonderful job explaining basic quantum physics through Alice 's famous journey in wonderland in such an efficient way, even those with no theoretical background such as myself can grasp its basic principles , while also keeping the story itself fun and interesting.. Even though years have past since I first read it, I often find myself processing any information about quantum physics I might hear through one of Alice's little adventures... I 'll definitely check this book again in the future..

  • Lavinia
    2018-12-11 05:59

    Full disclosure: I took two years of physics, one in high school and one in college, so none of the information was exactly new (though I haven't taken enough to comment on the correctness or datedness of the material). Even from this perspective, though, the book's greatest flaw is having little to no understanding of what kinds of illustrations readers might find useful. The story takes Alice, a late 20th-century schoolgirl, through several of the best-known thought experiments in quantum physics without benefit of diagrams or pictures. This is especially frustrating considering that there are about a dozen sketches of interesting-looking characters. Simple diagrams done in a different style, a la the chess problems in Through the Looking-Glass, would have been sufficient.That said, this book is ambitious and in my opinion does fulfill its goals of providing a primer for a very unintuitive field. However, it does the legacy of Alice in Wonderland a disservice (which I haven't factored into my rating) in that it takes the Alice without providing a Wonderland. The Quantumland of the title is a string of loosely related scenarios from enthusiastic physics textbooks linked by in-story geographical location. The original Alice in Wonderland continues to captivate young readers 150 years after its publication because it is abstract enough in the presentation of adult ideas to provide an interesting world and an action-packed plot. Kids can take the logic puzzles and symbolism at face value to enrich the story without becoming confused. Using the Alice framework to present an overt scientific lecture entirely misses the point.On the other hand, I can't think of a popular children's story that allows for antics as weird as those presented in this book. The generic kids-hanging-out science books I read as a child were boring, and it is a little more fun to think of the quantum mechanics thought constructs as the weird characters of Wonderland. The "allegory" part of the title is more accurate than it sounds: it's a sin in science to anthropomorphize too much because appending human motives and scenarios to non-sentient objects destroys the inhuman dynamics of reality. Bringing the electrons and photons to the forefront as characters seems too overt to fit the "allegory" label, but I think it's necessary to draw kids' attention and is actually a deeper level of metaphor than it seems. The book's end-of-chapter notes may turn kids off with their wordiness, but I actually advise readers to skip them entirely and read the book with Wikipedia or Google close at hand.

  • Patrik
    2018-11-30 23:57

    Robert Gilmore se rozhodl na příběhu Lewisovy Alenky vysvětlit široké veřejnosti fungování kvantové fyziky.Zpočátku to funguje dobře, a pokud jste četli některou z knih od Stephena Hawkinga, budete se v říši kvant cítit jako doma. Brzy ale přijdete na to, že Gilmorův přístup se zásadně liší: narozdíl od Hawkinga totiž zachází do takových detailů, že v polovině knihy se pravděpodobně začnete v informacích ztrácet (naštěstí je na konci rejstřík) a absence jakýchkoli vysvětlujících diagramů a obrázků vám na optimismu nepřidá. Začnete mít také pocit, že kombinace středoškolské učebnice fyziky a Alenky v říši divů je občas trochu těžkopádná a prvoplánová.Český překlad je místy neobratný, ale vcelku dobrý.--Robert Gilmore has decided to explain to the general public, how quantum physics works, using Lewis's Alice.At first, it works fine, and if you've read any of Stephen Hawking's books, you'll feel at home in Quantumland. However, you'll soon realize that Gilmore's strategy is completely different. Unlike Hawking, he writes in such detail that halfway through the book you'll probably get lost in the amount of information (luckily there's an index at the back). The absence of any explaining diagrams or pictures doesn't help either.Moreover, you'll get the feeling that the combination of a secondary-school physics textbook and Alice in Wonderland is sometimes a bit clumsy and inept.

  • Daniele
    2018-12-12 03:48

    http://www.lastambergadeilettori.com/...Il libro ha il grande pregio di mantenere le promesse. Non era facile riuscire a parlare di un tema così pesante e di difficile comprensione come quello della fisica quantistica in una maniera fruibile anche per il grande pubblico. Invece Robert Gilmore, fisico con un curriculum di tutto rispetto, grazie ad un colpo di genio, riesce nell'impresa. Attraverso un televisore (versione aggiornata dello specchio), Alice si ritrova nel mondo della quantistica, tra bosoni, fermioni e quark, bizzarro quanto e più del paese delle meraviglie di Lewis Carroll. Il libro è un'avventura godibile nel quale un lettore "di passaggio" come lo sono stato io, completamente digiuno di fisica meccanica, facilmente si può ritrovare spaesato e confuso come la protagonista Alice, davanti ai prodigi della teoria quantistica. Sicuramente troppe sono le citazioni che non sono riuscito a cogliere e che un "addetto ai lavori" invece avrebbe avvertito. Ma nonostante questo, il libro risulta comunque un ottimo modo, facile e simpatico, per conoscere un mondo finora relegato ai pesanti e astrusi tomi universitari, anche se nel modo di scrivere si nota subito che Gilmore si trova molto più a suo agio con le spiegazioni tecniche piuttosto che con la narrativa.In conclusione, "Alice nel paese dei quanti" è una piacevole avventura in un mondo bizzarro ed incredibile ma reale, anche se intangibile. Gilmore riesce, attraverso l'uso della metafora, a non annoiare mai e addirittura arriva ad incuriosire il lettore, anche quello più scevro da scienze e affini.

  • Sophia F
    2018-12-12 03:50

    This phenomenal combination of familiar and complex concepts had one of the most remarkable formats that I have read. I knew literally nothing about quantum physics before, (other than the name itself,) but now I have the ability to say that I can conceptualize portions of the basics. It was intriguing, which helped dim the confusing aspects of the entire book. I have my physics teacher to thank for lending me his book. I had never heard of this allegory before, and I don't think I ever would have come across it if he hadn't introduced me to it. Everyone who loves learning should read it. I know that I will probably never gain a deeper understanding of quantum physics, but that didn't change how fascinated I was with Quantumland. A love for learning will continue to grow when fed with knowledge. This book was more proof that learning about complicated ideas can still be fun, even when you're struggling to fully comprehend them. The only reason I don't give this book a five-star rating is because of the lacking of clear descriptions. It was great for vague, general ideas. Examples and end-of-chapter notes were provided to help what was described. I have no idea what else Robert Gilmore could have done to clarify for what was written about, so I blame my confusion solely on myself. Otherwise, I was impressed with his ability to incorporate two extremely different notions in such a manner.

  • G.C. Neff
    2018-11-19 04:40

    This is a very interesting book, although the complex theories can cause a dizzy feeling. The premise appears to be that if you're wanting to go to a restaurant in town, while you're taking one route, you're also taking every other route at the same time. Then when you order from the menu, you're ordering not just one item but are also ordering everything else. Confusing, but fascinating.The only reason I didn't rate the book a five-star is that I have heard that the equation used to prove quantum physics had to be changed by adding in a part that was incorrect. To me, this causes concern that the theories are still just that, theories, and shouldn't be taken as fact. At least, I'm certain that my high-school physics teacher would have marked such an equation incorrect if I had submitted it to her.

  • ringoallavaniglia
    2018-12-08 03:06

    E se Alice invece che nella tana del bianconiglio finisse nel mondo dell'infinitamente piccolo? Di meraviglie e di nonsense lì ce n'è a bizzeffe! E' un mondo incomprensibile, sorprendente e totalmente fuori dalle logiche alle quali siamo abituati.. anche spiegato dal peggior professore di fisica moderna mai esistito mi aveva colpito! Ma se solo a vedere un'equazione vi sentite male questo libro può essere un'ottima alternativa per non perdere l'occasione di scoprire quanto la natura può essere straordinaria ed imprevedibile. E non vi preoccupate se sentite che vi sta sfuggendo qualcosa.. "Se credete di aver capito la teoria dei quanti, vuol dire che non l'avete capita" :P E se l'ha detto Feynman possiamo pure star sicuri che sia così!Impagabili le figure del Meccanico Classico e Meccanico Quantistico (che ovviamente si odiano) e del Quark che parla romanaccio!

  • Janusz Mrozek
    2018-12-14 04:58

    This book was a terrific primer on Quantum theory which for those of you who aren't familiar is some mind boggling, supernatural sounding stuff. It's hard to believe the world works this way and the findings bring about questions on the nature of reality. The topic is very complex and this book was the perfect starting point. One feature I really liked was that as the author shares information, he has a separate box calling out the same point in a different way. I found this to be very helpful given the complexity of the material being shared. I highly recommend this book and then suggest following up with Gribbin's In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality I guarantee you'll be shocked if you aren't familiar with the science.

  • Tauras
    2018-12-01 21:51

    One of the best books about science I have ever read.Alice in Quantumland is an allegory about quantum physics. A little girl named Alice sits in her room a little bit bored and then something strange happens - she appears to be as small as an electron.And so she went on this scientific adventure. It is an interesting book trying to explain how quantum principles are not intuitive and differ from what we see in our daily lives. Uncertainty, Pauli exclusion, virtual reality and many other quantum phenomena were explain in this book. After finishing the last page my head started to spin around trying to truly grasp these concepts. Overall, quite a nice interesting introduction into my 2nd year Physics. :)

  • La Stamberga dei Lettori
    2018-12-09 05:38

    Il libro ha il grande pregio di mantenere le promesse. Non era facile riuscire a parlare di un tema così pesante e di difficile comprensione come quello della fisica quantistica in una maniera fruibile anche per il grande pubblico. Invece Robert Gilmore, fisico con un curriculum di tutto rispetto, grazie ad un colpo di genio, riesce nell'impresa. Attraverso un televisore (versione aggiornata dello specchio), Alice si ritrova nel mondo della quantistica, tra bosoni, fermioni e quark, bizzarro quanto e più del paese delle meraviglie di Lewis Carroll.Continua suhttp://ghettodeilettori.blogspot.com/...

  • Niklaus
    2018-11-27 05:06

    una eccezionale capacita' di visualizzare i concetti della teoria dei quanti immergendosi nel racconto di Alice. Del resto cosi' come quel romanzo ha squassato i canoni della immaginazione cosi' la quantistica ha spostato la fisica in zone dove per capirne prima la matematica e quindi le profonde implicazioni scientifiche si rende necessaria una capacita' descrittiva non comune. E l'autore (nonche' il traduttore) questa capacita' la ha. Direi un testo base difficile da superare utile a chi ama la scienza, ha l'eta' per capirla ma ha anche l'apertura mentale per godersi un viaggio nel paese delle meraviglie... quantistiche

  • Lindsay Lock
    2018-11-23 22:03

    Way brainy read. I was just way more thought then I could put in a book [at this time:]. It had some great allegories for how some of the stuff in quantum worked, but other times you were still sitting there and scratching your head trying to figure out how that's supposed to work. Then you just kind of have to accept it [like of like faith:], and faith and science are just kind of hard to mix in my mind. Probably a better read for those who like allegories (or understand them better then me) or have a better understanding of physics then me. It is a good read to learn more about quantum- just be forewarned- it's confusing stuff!

  • Marco E.
    2018-11-23 22:06

    Dieci anni fa, da studente di seconda liceo, mi sono messo a leggere questo romanzo nella speranza di avere un'idea di cosa parlassero "quelli che fanno scienza", come dice mia nonna. Il risultato e' che oggi, bene o male lavoro ogni giorno -da dottorando in nanotecnolgie farmaceutiche- su fisca e chimica quanistica, anche se in maniera molto superficiale.Cosi', per omaggiare un libro che ha quasi segnato la mia vita scolastica ed universitaria, ho deciso di rileggerlo... l'ho trovato molto carino, ma estremamente ingenuo. La rilettura mi permette pero' di dire con certezza che l'esperimento di portare a tutti le basi e i nomi della meccanica quantistica e' perfettamente riuscito.

  • Clelia
    2018-12-06 04:07

    Un'introduzione davvero originale alla fisica moderna.Attraverso una lunga analogia Gilmore espone in maniera interessante e coinvolgente tutti i nodi e principi fondamentali della meccanica quantistica.È perfetto sia per profani che hanno appena cominciato ad avventurarsi nel mondo del microcosmo, sia per esperti per acquisire un punto di vista diverso in merito a questa complessa parte della fisica.I riferimenti ad esperimenti e concetti fisici si mescolano perfettamente con la storia di Alice rendendo piacevole la lettura.Consigliatissimo