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Thousands of readers who were delighted by the adventures and science content of Alice in Quantumland are in for another treat. This time physicist Robert Gilmore takes us on a journey with Dorothy, following the yellow building block road through the land of the Wizard of Quarks. Using characters and situations based on the Wizard of Oz story, we learn along the way about Thousands of readers who were delighted by the adventures and science content of Alice in Quantumland are in for another treat. This time physicist Robert Gilmore takes us on a journey with Dorothy, following the yellow building block road through the land of the Wizard of Quarks. Using characters and situations based on the Wizard of Oz story, we learn along the way about the fascinating world of particle physics. Classes of particles, from quarks to leptons are shown in an atomic garden, where atoms and molecules are produced. See how Dorothy, The Tin Geek, and the Cowardly Lion experience the bizarre world of subatomic particles.


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Thousands of readers who were delighted by the adventures and science content of Alice in Quantumland are in for another treat. This time physicist Robert Gilmore takes us on a journey with Dorothy, following the yellow building block road through the land of the Wizard of Quarks. Using characters and situations based on the Wizard of Oz story, we learn along the way about Thousands of readers who were delighted by the adventures and science content of Alice in Quantumland are in for another treat. This time physicist Robert Gilmore takes us on a journey with Dorothy, following the yellow building block road through the land of the Wizard of Quarks. Using characters and situations based on the Wizard of Oz story, we learn along the way about the fascinating world of particle physics. Classes of particles, from quarks to leptons are shown in an atomic garden, where atoms and molecules are produced. See how Dorothy, The Tin Geek, and the Cowardly Lion experience the bizarre world of subatomic particles.

30 review for The Wizard of Quarks: A Fantasy of Particle Physics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julian Onions

    Very clever explanation of the four forces, based loosely on the wizard or Oz. Some details make more sense, I think you can read it at a number of levels. Probaly not for everyone though!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Wonderful book! Lots of fun and great, imaginative analogies. A few drawbacks came in the form of some minor characters that I personally couldn't connect with and found didn't age well. Also access to some support information going through, to solidify visualizations was somewhat vital in gaining a fuller grasp on some of the concepts discussed. Really enjoyed the idea of the book and found it very helpful as an introduction to particle physics. Wonderful book! Lots of fun and great, imaginative analogies. A few drawbacks came in the form of some minor characters that I personally couldn't connect with and found didn't age well. Also access to some support information going through, to solidify visualizations was somewhat vital in gaining a fuller grasp on some of the concepts discussed. Really enjoyed the idea of the book and found it very helpful as an introduction to particle physics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    A fun and fanciful book, quite enjoyable if you don't want any math, but just verbal descriptions of the concepts of particle physics. A fun and fanciful book, quite enjoyable if you don't want any math, but just verbal descriptions of the concepts of particle physics.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yotam

    לא משהו.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kumar Ayush

    I understand this book is not supposed to be decorative and bold when it comes to prose, but I'd have liked a clearer writing. The physics explained is too common for a Physics graduate, especially the initial bits but I still gained a lot of new insights from it. The subtle references to some pheonmena (which are not explicitly explained) amused me a lot. I understand this book is not supposed to be decorative and bold when it comes to prose, but I'd have liked a clearer writing. The physics explained is too common for a Physics graduate, especially the initial bits but I still gained a lot of new insights from it. The subtle references to some pheonmena (which are not explicitly explained) amused me a lot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Flew Flewelling

    When I picked this book up, I was expecting to learn a little more about particle physics in a unique and entertaining way. It took me two tries to get through. I think the first time I was expecting more on the entertaining side. After a couple of months and realizing that it wasn't as much entertainment as using the story of the Wizard of Oz to teach the basics, i made it through on my second pass. The Wizard of Oz was as good a choice as any for this topic. I will definitely remember the four When I picked this book up, I was expecting to learn a little more about particle physics in a unique and entertaining way. It took me two tries to get through. I think the first time I was expecting more on the entertaining side. After a couple of months and realizing that it wasn't as much entertainment as using the story of the Wizard of Oz to teach the basics, i made it through on my second pass. The Wizard of Oz was as good a choice as any for this topic. I will definitely remember the four witches and their distinct forces better because of it. There were a lot of chapters that I thought, 'Wow! I already know this stuff.' And a lot of other chapters that left me scratching my head thinking, 'Is that really how it is?' Or, 'I just read that paragraph three times and I still have now idea what I just read.'' I suppose that is how it is though. My quantum professor in college said, 'if you think you know what's going on, you probably have no clue. If you think you have no idea, you probably know a lot more than your giving yourself credit for.' I would definitely recommend looking online for a table of particle physics. It not only organizes them visually, but helps give a concise overview of all the particles while reading about them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekha G.

    Having been enamored by the Movie "What the bleep do we know", I decided to look into a few of the experimental, particle and quantum physicists(among a multitude of other scientists) interviewed for and in the movie. This is one such scientists. He is a particle physicist, and makes a pretty good attempt at simplifying an extremely complex discipline for those plebeians among us who want to understating the basics. Having been enamored by the Movie "What the bleep do we know", I decided to look into a few of the experimental, particle and quantum physicists(among a multitude of other scientists) interviewed for and in the movie. This is one such scientists. He is a particle physicist, and makes a pretty good attempt at simplifying an extremely complex discipline for those plebeians among us who want to understating the basics.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yates Buckley

    Not as good as Gilmor’s other book Alice in Quantunland but still successful effort at taking the abstract of particle physics to the reader.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    I got about 12 pages in before getting confused. I'll try again when I feel like devoting more mental energy to a book. I got about 12 pages in before getting confused. I'll try again when I feel like devoting more mental energy to a book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Another made of win sciencey parody of awesome books. Particle physics make so much sense with this. :D

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jon Earnshaw

    Brilliant - read with Alice in Quantumland

  12. 4 out of 5

    DavidO

    It covers a lot of information about quantum physics, but I was hoping it would be funnier and more entertaining and less educational.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julian

  14. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha McGuire (Mirror Bridge Books)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Isabel OK

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adie DeCoursey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Usie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tarra D

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chavdar Dutsov

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pavel

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 5 out of 5

    MJKF

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Maurier

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susumu

  26. 4 out of 5

    MC

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tugba

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lelisia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kinsey

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