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Paradox

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Book Summary of Paradox

This book is about my own personal favourite puzzles and conundrums in science, all of which have famously been referred to as paradoxes, but which turn out not to be paradoxes at all when considered carefully and viewed from the right angle.

A true paradox is a statement that leads to a circular and self-contradictory argument, or one that describes a logically impossible situation. Our subject is 'perceived paradoxes' - questions or thought-experiments that on first encounter seem impossible to answer, but which science has been able to solve.

Our tour of these mind-expanding puzzles will take us through some of the greatest hits of science - from Einstein's theories about space and time, to the latest ideas of how the quantum world works. Some of our paradoxes may be familiar, such as Schrödinger's famous cat, which is seemingly alive and dead at the same time; or the Grandfather Paradox - if you travelled back in time and killed your grandfather you would not have been born and would not therefore have killed your grandfather. Other paradoxes will be new to you, but no less bizarre and fascinating.

We will ask such questions as: how does the fact that it gets dark at night prove the Universe must have started with a big bang? Where are all the aliens? And why does the length of a piece of string vary depending on how fast it is moving?

In resolving our paradoxes we will have to travel to the furthest reaches of the Universe and explore the very essence of space and time. Hold on tight.

About the Author
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE is an academic, author and broadcaster. He is a leading theoretical physicist based at the University of Surrey, where he teaches and carries out research in quantum mechanics. He has written a number of popular science books, translated so far into 20 languages, with his most recent being Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science. He has presented several television and radio documentaries, including the ABAFT-nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History and The Secret Life of Chaos. He presents the weekly programme The Life Scientific on BBC Radio. He was awarded the 2007 Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the 2011 Institute of Physics Kelvin medal, both for his science communication work,

Details of Book: Paradox (BSID:5275)

Book Paradox
Author Jim Al-khalili
ISBN 0593069307
ISBN-13 9780593069301, 978-0593069301
Binding Paperback
Publisher Bantam Press
Publishing Date 2012
Number of Pages 256
Language English

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James September 15, 2012 review from Goodreads

A very good 3 stars and nearly 4 stars. A tour through the implications and counter-intuitive aspects of physics, including relativity and quantum mechanics. Jim Al-Khalili is a very good guide.

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