The Science of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials – Mary & John Gribbin
March 5, 2010 § 12 Comments
After reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Vishy left me a comment, suggesting that I might find this book interesting if I wanted to find out more about quantum physics. I jumped at the chance to learn more, and totally loved the idea that it would be based on a trilogy I so loved reading.
The book was written more for a younger audience, I would imagine, but I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint.
The Gribbins start the book off with some rather basic knowledge about what atoms are. But as the book goes on, so does the content get a little deeper. At first it isn’t obvious that the book is written based on what Pullman had included in his trilogy, but when the Gribbins start writing and explaining how a subtle knife might work and about the Many Worlds, I was definitely learning much more than I had hoped for.
Because it’s written for a younger audience, the language was very easy to understand. And it proved to be a good way for me to get a general grasp on what quantum physics might mean. There’s really nothing much to say about this book, except that I found it very accesible and easy to follow. I was never any good in physics when I was in high school, but I did love the sciences. And I’ve always wanted to find out more about quantum physics. So thanks, Vishy, for the suggestion.
* Note: I seriously do not like that cover.