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Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects
Contributor(s): Orzel, Chad (Author)

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ISBN: 1946885355     ISBN-13: 9781946885357
Publisher: Benbella Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2018

Annotation: Orzel, author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, explores how quantum connects with everyday reality, and offers engaging, layperson-level explanations of the mind-bending ideas central to modern physics.--
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BISAC Categories:
- Science | Physics - Quantum Theory
- Science | Physics - Atomic & Molecular
Dewey: 530
LCCN: 2018035519
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 5.9" W x 8.9" (0.75 lbs) 272 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):

Chad Orzel is a physicist, professor, and blogger, and the author of three previous books How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, and Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. Orzel has been blogging about physics and academia for Forbes and Scienceblogs.com since 2002. He is earned a BA in physics from Williams College and a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Maryland, College Park. At that time, he completed his thesis research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with Bill Phillips (Nobel Laureate in 1997), and he was a post-doc at Yale before starting at Union, studying the quantum physics of ultra-cold atoms.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 October #5)

Orzel (How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog) offers another helpful guide to modern physics, using an especially creative hook. After describing in the introduction a typical morning routine—waking up, making breakfast, checking his computer—Orzel breaks those actions down in order to "show how an ordinary weekday routine depends on some of the weirdest phenomena ever discovered." For example, his alarm clock allows him to discuss, cogently, how the "modern accounting of time" that the device embodies is "deeply rooted in the quantum physics of atoms." He concisely summarizes the history of timekeeping, which evolved beyond reliance on physical objects, such as pendulums, susceptible to even small variations, to measuring time by counting light wave oscillations caused by moving electrons. Orzel provides similar explanation for such phenomena as the different colors of light emitted by objects heated to different temperatures, using as an entry point the glowing coils of the burner on his stove top. The science is not intuitive, and readers will need to pay close attention to follow Orzel's points, but that required effort is unavoidable with such a complex subject. This erudite book will be best read in multiple sittings by curious readers keen on absorbing all the weird science on display all around them. (Dec.)

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