Thursday, 30 July 2009

Still searching for God's dice

A great review piece here on Quantum by Vikram Johri on his blog:

'Kumar’s real achievement is not in throwing light on quantum mechanics per se, which descriptions are often mired in thick scientific jargon, but on a time when the thrill of discovery was so palpable it could slice through butter like a hot knife.'

Read the full piece here.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Quantum mention on

Nice to see that it's far from just geeky men who are reading Quantum - a reader at this post on says:

Right. I have finished Quantum by Manjit Kumar and have come to the conclusion
that quantum physicists are nutters!

How else can you explain beleiving that something only happens if you observe it? I used to think that when I hid my eyes when playing hide and seek as a very small child. And the cat thing is a bit daft, not to mention cruel .

I really enjoyed the book though. But wish I understand a bit more

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Quantum - reviewed in The Sunday Times

Robert Collins, writing in The Sunday Times at the weekend, had this to say about Quantum:

'Kumar seamlessly interweaves history and biography with clear explanations of the insights that Einstein and others made into the behaviour of matter at the subatomic level. The result makes you feel that you’ve grasped not only some of the revolutionary concepts of 20th-century science but sensed the thrill these physicists must have experienced as they made their world-changing breakthroughs.'

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Quantum - the latest reprint

Our latest reprint of Quantum has arrived today. We've altered the cover slightly to mention some of the more recent press quotes, and of course the Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisting.

Quantum on the BBC Culture Show

Quantum missed out on winning the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2009 last night but the brilliant short film about the book, featuring Manjit Kumar, almost makes up for it - see it at the BBC here.