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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics - A Math-free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World-logo

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics - A Math-free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World

James Kakalios

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Description:

In the pulp magazines and comics of the 1950s, it was predicted that the future would be one of gleaming utopias, with flying cars, jetpacks, and robotic personal assistants. Obviously, things didn't turn out that way. But the world we do have is actually more fantastic than the most outlandish predictions of the science fiction of the mid-twentieth century. The World Wide Web, pocket-sized computers, mobile phones, and MRI machines have changed the world in unimagined ways. In The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, James Kakalios uses examples from comics and magazines to explain how breakthroughs in quantum mechanics led to such technologies. The book begins with an overview of speculative science fiction, beginning with Jules Verne and progressing through the space adventure comic books of the 1950s. Using the example of Dr. Manhattan from the graphic novel and film Watchmen, Kakalios explains the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and describes nuclear energy via the hilarious portrayals of radioactivity and its effects in the movies and comic books of the 1950s. Finally, he shows how future breakthroughs will make possible ever more advanced medical diagnostic devices-and perhaps even power stations on the moon that can beam their power to Earth.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Berkrot

Length:

9h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

13:51


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

24:11


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

29:32


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

22:28


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

24:59


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

27:32


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

22:39


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

22:34


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

28:35


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

28:30


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

31:16


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

21:22


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

30:37


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

40:20


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

20:15


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

25:49


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

33:45


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

17:58


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

10:55


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

18:41


Part 6, Chapter 20
Part 6, Chapter 20

21:46


Part 6, Chapter 21
Part 6, Chapter 21

31:51


Part 6, Chapter 22
Part 6, Chapter 22

14:45


Part 6, Chapter 23
Part 6, Chapter 23

00:24