Author(s): Jim Al-Khalili
A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes. Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense. These we call paradoxes. The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds. For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than his twin? With elegant explanations that bring the reader inside the mind of those who've developed them, Al-Khalili helps us to see that, in fact, paradoxes can be solved if seen from the right angle. Just as surely as Al-Khalili narrates the enduring fascination of these classic paradoxes, he reveals their underlying logic. In doing so, he brings to life a select group of the most exciting concepts in human knowledge. Paradox is mind-expanding fun.
'This book is about my own personal favourite puzzles and conundrums in science' Jim al-Khalili
"The wizardry of Jim Al-Khalili is irresistible. Marvel at the mind-bending Zeno's paradox! The amazing ambiguity of Schrodinger's Cat! The preposterous postulations of perpetual motion! The extraterrestrial extrapolations of Fermi's paradox! and other wonders of physics, philosophy, even poetry. "I have had tremendous fun writing this book," says Professor Jim. Reading it is the best fun you can have beyond a pop-science comic book and a home particle accelerator" The Times "A master of making the complex simple" Independent on Sunday "Al-Khalili leads into the harder science, but does so with such deceptive ease that before you know it you're mulling over the expanding universe, staring down quantum theory and pondering Schrodinger's Cat - and enjoying it" Financial Times "Al-Khalili is the ideal guide through these seeming mysteries of modern science" New Scientist "[A] field guide to some of the most important and fascinating conundrums in physics" Science
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE is an academic, author and broadcaster. He is a leading theoretical physicist based at the University of Surrey, where he teaches and carries out research in quantum mechanics. He has written a number of popular science books, translated so far into 20 languages, with his most recent being Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science. He has presented several television and radio documentaries, including the BAFTA-nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History and The Secret Life of Chaos. He presents the weekly programme The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4. He was awarded the 2007 Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the 2011 Institute of Physics Kelvin medal, both for his science communication work.