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  • Fundamental

  • How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity)
  • By: Tim James
  • Narrated by: Tim James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Summary

Fundamental does for physics what Tim's first book, Elemental, does for chemistry: it demystifies the topic in his trademark humorous, engaging style, including the most recent developments in the field. 

At the start of the 20th century, science appeared complete and the laws of nature were almost all discovered, but then we woke a sleeping giant - we discovered quantum mechanics. 

In the quantum realm, objects can be in two places at once. It's a place where time travel is not only possible, but necessary. It's a place where cause and effect can happen in reverse and observing something changes its state. From parallel universes to antimatter, quantum mechanics has revealed that when you get right down to it, the laws of nature are insane. The scientist J. B. S. Haldane once said, 'Reality is not only stranger than we imagine...it's stranger than we can imagine.' Never is this more true than with quantum mechanics; our best, most recent attempt to make sense of the fundamental laws of nature. 

Fundamental is a comprehensive beginner's guide to quantum mechanics, explaining not only the weirdness of the subject but the experiments that proved it to be true. Using a humorous and light-hearted approach, Fundamental tells the story of how the most brilliant minds in science grappled with seemingly impossible ideas and gave us everything from microchips to particle accelerators.  

Fundamental gives clear explanations of all the quantum phenomena known to modern science, without requiring an understanding of complex mathematics; tells the eccentric stories of the scientists who made these shattering discoveries and what they used them for; and explains how quantum field theory (a topic not covered in detail by any other popular-science book) gave rise to particle physics and why the Higgs boson isn't the end of the story.

©2019 Tim James (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Succinct, full of physics, utterly brilliant

I have read 57 physics books, but have not come across one like this before. It explains physics across the board, taking nothing for granted. It is lively, funny, and fulfils every aspersion of one who is hungry for knowledge.

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Great explanation of a complicated subect

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A truly superb book.

Loved this book. Really interesting tour of the ideas and experiments that led to the development of quantum theory and quantum mechanics.
Couldn't put it down and very accessible - highly recommended!

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As good as they say..

Worth it and it's not as dumbed down as I thought it might be. Recommended.

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Loved it.

I really enjoyed everything about this book and also the Elemental book. Highly reccomend.

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brilliant book

I read a lot of science books and usually guided by list or award winners, and honestly this was one of my favourite most conscise reads in about 30 books. the author is the narrator which is always good and his enthusiam shines through. qed qcd and quantum field theory explained so visually. highly recommend didnt want the book to end.

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Cringingly entertaining

Childish, full of bad punts and fully entertaining. It only bushes over the subject but this makes it a good introduction.

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The best book I own! science nerds will love it!!

Brilliantly written and narrated. very interesting. A beginner on the subject could easily follow along and it's certainly crammed with enough facts and info to entertain, enlighten and educate someone ( like me) with a keen interest and good understanding of the subject. I have another book by Tim James (also brilliant) and will definitely keep a look out for anything else by him!

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Amazing book

This is a brilliant book, superbly explained in a very clear, accessible way. Really easy to listen to with a knowledgeable, interesting and humorous author.

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This is fundamentally a great book, but ...

no there is no but, I just wanted to make the pun...
I love listening to books read by the author, especially when it comes to scientific literature. Tim did not only write an excellent, fascinating book he also narrated it brilliantly.

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  • Larry
  • 10-11-20

Brilliant!

I have listened to and enjoyed many books that attempt to tackle the complexity of this topic and it not a easy task by any means.

It is easy to underappreciated the complexity of trying to translates the language of quantum mechanics to someone who is new to the idea.

So often these types of books tend to over simplify, miss the point, go off on a nonsensical tangent that tends to become background noise after the third syllable, get it wrong entirely (probably), be bias, or worst of all, have a terrible nariator with a voice that unfortunately never graduated High school or is so mono tone, you listen to it to help you fall asleep at night.

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The performance was amazing!

Few books are as engaging and passionate as Tim James when he is speaking about what he loves and he managed to talk about a topic that doesn't make any sense whatsoever and proceed to convey the problem with such clarity that you can finally understand and appreciate the full scale of the mind F that it is.

Thank you Tim James! If you are reading this, I really Truly appreciated your book and look forward to listening to your work in the future. 15/10 Will definitely recommend to everyone in many divergent universes, including this one.

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  • Dennis M Danzik
  • 19-11-22

If You Are REALLY Interested In Physics

I am sincerely interested in the topic of physics and a top down view of our understanding of the subject.

This book is great on the fundamentals as is title proclaims and a bit twisty on the deep dives which is understandable because it's all theory at this point.

Overall a good read. Great narration.

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  • Roger Terrill
  • 01-08-22

Super well done and filled with insight

Really enjoyed it. Wish Mr James had time to more fully illustrate his points. Refreshing perspective!

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  • Sam
  • 20-05-22

A Summertime Storybook for a Sophomore

Tim's masterful communication skills have revealed again !

In such courses, Professors start with Mathematics on the very first day, with no feelings of science.
Thank you Tim, this title must be an insult to those professors, and a summertime storybook for a sophomore.
From quantum Physics, nuclear and particle Physics to Astrophysics, and the exotic abstruse concepts made so easier.

So good to see such titles,
We need more writers like you in other fields of sciences.

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  • S. HEGEDUS
  • 19-05-22

Mind Blown

I am new to the topic of quantum theory, and Tim James translated this heavy subject into an entertaining journey that left me sitting in my car several times not wanting to pause. Humor was great also, with lots of physics puns and dad jokes. Great book and performance.

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  • Trevor lipsey
  • 10-06-21

this writer is brilliant

if i didn't know something, this writer made me crave researching it. i hope mr james continues to write these books, elemental and fundamental were both hilarious and intriguing!

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  • Te Amokura
  • 03-05-20

Great Book

Tim James manages to explain the incredibly complex theories of quantum physics with wit, charm and intellect, while managing to keep it understandable to non-phyisicists. I found this book engaging and fulfilling. Very enjoyable and best of all, I learned lots.

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  • Todd Ebert
  • 26-12-19

Funny and witty

Great analogies and humor throughout makes this book a must listen and valuable addition to the quantum physics literature.

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  • Jake S.
  • 03-11-19

Quantum physics for anyone!

This was a joy to listen too. I will listen to it again. if you want to get an idea of what the physics discoveries you hear about on your google news feed are talking about, this is a good place to start.