Review: In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat by John Gribbin

In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and RealityIn Search of Schrödinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality by John Gribbin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Starting my year with this book was the best choice I could have made. It’s a shame I didn’t make it in another reality, or perhaps I did? Anyway, after finishing this book and putting it down I just had to sit for a moment to ponder about what it all meant. Similar to this:

mind = blown

This book starts off with a history of physics, which I found very helpful. I’m not much of a history buff, and this kind of stuff is not what they teach you in school either. It was very helpful to know how key figures like Albert Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrödinger and Dirac all fit into this amazing history of quantum physics.

Now I won’t profess to understand most of the mathematical contents of this book, but John Gribbin manages to make it understandable for even a layman such as myself. At least in this way I was able to grasp most of what was said in this book. The graphs and images helped a lot as well.

The book really starts to shine after the history part, where John Gribbin starts to explain what all this quantum gobbledegook is all about. It also explains that without quantum physics, we wouldn’t have computers and many other technological wonders that make our lives so much more comfortable these days.

What intrigued me the most was perhaps the last chapter, about the many worlds theory. Here John Gribbin starts off with saying that this is the time where he will make some claims of his own, instead of reporting what others have done before him. I found that this idea of an infinite amount of parallel worlds to be a mind blowing concept. Also the idea of time travel. I still have so many questions, and that is something John Gribbin also hopes for everyone who has read this. To have a curiosity for the unknown.

Perhaps one day I’ll write that story about time travel and parallel worlds as well. This book has been a great inspiration to me, and I’m eager to learn more from the other books of mister Gribbin and others he recommends reading.

Even if you’re not interested in quantum physics, I’d still recommend reading this book if you’re open to ideas of how we can look at the world. If you’re going to live in one reality, make sure it was one where you read this book. I know I’m glad I did, or am I?

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