Breakfast with Einstein

Pages: 288
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

Breakfast with Einstein

The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects

Chad Orzel

Without quantum physics, your breakfast - and so many other things we take for granted - wouldn't be possible… international bestselling author and physicist Chad Orzel shows us why
9781786074041 (11 Oct 2018)
RRP £12.99

The Book

A Sunday Times Book of the Year

From the author of the international bestseller How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

Your humble alarm clock, digital cameras, the smell of coffee, the glow of a grill, fibre broadband, smoke detectors… all hold secrets about quantum physics.

Beginning at sunrise, Chad Orzel reveals the extraordinary science that underpins the simplest activities we all do every day, from making toast to shopping online. It's all around us, the wonderful weirdness of quantum - you just have to know where to look.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Chad Orzel is an associate professor at the department of physics and astronomy at Union College. He has written for Forbes, Daily Mail and Physics World, and has spoken at numerous TED talks. His previous books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Niskayuna, New York.


‘[A] fine example of scientific passion.'

- Sunday Times, Books of the Year

‘Informative and friendly.'

- New York Times

‘Physics is everywhere and in everything, and no one explains physics better than Chad Orzel. This book is a meal for your mind.'

- John Scalzi, author of The Rough Guide to the Universe

‘Orzel is the perfect guide to the world of atoms and photons, demonstrating that even our morning breakfast rituals are not possible without the wonders of modern physics.'

- James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes and The Physics of Everyday Things

‘As Chad Orzel wonderfully shows in Breakfast with Einstein, a full gamut of our commonplace daily activities - from boiling water [on the stove]…to taking and exchanging photos with our electronic cameras and phones - depends on quantum rules… A must-read for anyone fascinated with how the quantum revolution explains how things work.'

- Paul Halpern, author of The Quantum Labyrinth