An admirably clear and clever writer Evening Standard
The Big Questions: Physics
Including: What is the Point of Physics? What is Time? What Happened to Schrödinger's Cat? Why Does an Apple Fall? Are Solids Really Solid? Why is There No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? Is Everything Ultimately Random? What is the God Particle? ...
Brooks is as comfortable citing poets and philosophers as he is namechecking atom geeks, and his racy narrative effectively belies the stereotype of science as a stately progression from evidence to certainties. The Guardian
There is something appealingly childlike in author Michael Brooks' willingness to tackle some of the deepest questions in physics, and in the sense of wonder that pervades this primer of curiosity. Physics World
Nathaniel Virgo is a London based journalist who has recently been asked to cover the science beat by his editor at the Herald. Rather reluctantly, he attends a Quantum conference in Baltimore and is given a disk by a scientist he doesn't know. On his return to London he discovers that the man who gave him the disk has died. As Virgo investigates the story, he discovers that the Quantum computer - a computer that can break any code in the world in the matter of seconds - might not only exist, but may be in danger in falling into criminal hands. And Virgo is the one who holds the keys to the kingdom with his encrypted disk as he uncovers a trail of corruption that leads all the way to halls of American power.
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