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"One of Waterstones' Books of the Year 2020: Popular Science"

"Shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Prize for Science Books"

"One of the Financial Times' Summer Books of 2020: Science"

"One of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2020: Science"

"One of Symmetry Magazine's Top Physics Books of 2020"

"Many distinguished physicists have set out to explain their weird and wonderful world to lay readers but few have done so with the simple elegance of Al-Khalili, a physics professor at the University of Surrey best known for his radio and television programmes about science. He calls this book 'an ode to physics'; it is also an ode to joy in science."---Clive Cookson, Financial Times

"Jim Al-Khalili's The World According to Physics is a thrilling ride . . . [it] makes cutting-edge physics easily understandable and makes it clear why he fell in love with the subject as a teenager."---Richard Webb, New Scientist

"Broadcaster and quantum physicist Jim Al-Khalili is a superb guide to the fundamental principles of quantum theory, relativity and thermodynamics." ― Mail on Sunday

"Al-Khalili shows how physics can enrich our understanding not just of the world around us, but of ourselves, too."---Hannah Shaddock, Radio Times

"A deeply insightful exploration into reality itself."---Jonathan Wells, Gentleman's Journal

"A fantastic book . . . [it] helped me to remember what I first loved about the subject."---Daniel Bennett, BBC Science Focus Podcast

"A quantum physicist and BBC host introduces modern physics by explaining its fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, then describing the field’s three pillars―quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics." ― Publishers Weekly

"This book is a refreshing, equations-free, occasionally philosophical take on what physics is all about that should appeal to physicists and the public alike." ― Nature Astronomy

"Ever wanted to get into quantum physics, but been afraid to try? This book might be the answer. Bestselling author and BBC host Jim Al-Kahlili invites us to understand reality and the universe better as he explains modern physics to us."---Claire Handscombe, Book Riot

"People should enjoy physics, says Al-Khalili, and you can’t help thinking as you are propelled along through the historical and familiar principles, as well as more recent and emerging ideas, that he is entirely correct. . . . The beauty of [Al-Khalili's] approach is that it keeps open the sense of wonder, discovery and possibility that is so attractive to the non-specialist reader."---Nick Smith, Engineering & Technology

"Teachers will be able to mine Al-Khalili’s text for wonderful facts and examples that are scattered throughout the book. . . . Al-Khalili has melded his expertise in physics and as a science communicator to very good effect indeed."---Rick Marshall, Physics Education

"Al-Khalili travels from the quantum to the cosmological in exploring the science of matter, energy, space and time that underlie all our everyday experiences and technologies."---Mike Perricone, Symmetry Magazine --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"The physical world is strange and full of surprises. And yet, as Jim Al-Khalili shows, it is far from incomprehensible. His simple, profound, and accurate account of core principles makes mind-expanding knowledge accessible to general readers."―Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel laureate, author of A Beautiful Question

"So much science packed into such a tiny package! Jim Al-Khalili manages to give an accessible overview of an enormous amount of modern physics, without it ever feeling rushed. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who wants a glimpse of how modern physicists are thinking about some of the hardest problems in the universe."―Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

"Clearly written and inviting, even to readers who may not at first consider themselves scientific, The World According to Physics is a book that should be read and appreciated by many."―Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford

"A clear, simple, and fascinating account of what physics tells us about our universe, and―crucially―what evidence supports that view, from one of the most talented, inspiring, and informative popularizers of science. A triumph!"―Ian Stewart, author of Do Dice Play God?

"This book presents a comprehensive account of modern physics, weaving together a tapestry of new and familiar topics. Al-Khalili has a distinctively light voice that comes across throughout and works incredibly well."―Pedro G. Ferreira, author of The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity

"A good read. Al-Khalili gives a nice overview of the current state of play in fundamental physics and why understanding physics is important."―Jeff Forshaw, coauthor of Universal: A Journey through the Cosmos --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07Y5R7CH8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press; Illustrated edition (10 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1709 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 337 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ode To Physics
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Another amazing book by Jim Al-Khalili! A really lovely read for physicists and non-physicists alike; I highly recommend this book. As Jim says, "how can anyone not love physics?".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice sized book... content largely good, though meanders a bit...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, accessible, and insightful booklet on physics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book in all respects
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Jim Al-Khalili CBE FRS is a quantum physicist, author and broadcaster and one of the best-known science communicators in Britain. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Physics at the University of Surrey where he teaches and conducts his research. He received a PhD in nuclear theory in 1989 and has since published over 100 research papers. He has written twelve books on popular science, between them translated into over twenty-six languages, as well as his first novel, Sunfall. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and the long-running Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal. His latest book, The World According to Physics, was published in 2020 by Princeton University Press. His new book, The Joy of Science, in out in Spring 2022.