The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw

The Quantum Universe

By Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw

  • Release Date: 2011-10-27
  • Genre: History
Score: 3.5
From 96 Ratings
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The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science.

But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is good?

The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has led to some very woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness. Here, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw give us the real science, and reveal the profound theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world.

This is our most up-to-date picture of reality.


  • Too complex

    By Mulzeer
    Only read this book if you have an in-depth mathematical background, and have at least a degree in physics. This is not an easy book to read. I have read many accessible physics books and this is not one of them. I would recommend the grand design by Steven Hawking. Much easier to read and covers a lot of the same thing.
  • I understood it, but understand why some can't

    By over opinionated
    Quite a few people don't seem to understand this book, I'm only 14 and I did so... I did try reading it last year but only a couple of pages a month, bad idea! It confused me, so about two weeks ago I started it again (from the beginning) and I understood it this time! Only negative comment is on the iBooks download I noticed two typos, but I had a physical copy, as well, in which the typos didn't appear.
  • Only buy this book if you have a basic understand of physics

    By AndrewM21
    People have gave this book a bad review saying "it's too difficult to understand", of course you're going to struggle reading a quantum physics book if you've got no understanding in basic physics, this book explains the deeper sections of the physics word. I would certainly recommend this book if you're going to/doing A-level physics. It explains some, not all the physics you'll be doing throughout the two year course at sixth form. If you want to read this book but lack basic physics, then I would try an easier physics book to understand the fundamentals then move onto these kind of books.
  • The quantum universe

    By BranRevs
    Great book to read .
  • Awful

    By Carl36
    Confusing and not written in a way that makes the subject interesting. It reads more like a university textbook for quantum theory. Very confusing and difficult to follow. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this.
  • Disappointing

    By China H
    I purchased this after a reading a positive review in a newspaper. In fact, it turned out to be very disappointing. It offers no new insights, and the laborious "clock" analogy used throughout will be of no help to the layman. It is neither fish nor fowl, sitting halfway between a popular book and an academic work, while failing to satisfy either audience. Don't let the fame of one of the author's influence you, there are much better and accessible books on Quantum Mechanics available. If I'd bought a hard copy, it would now be in the local charity shop.