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
9781786076403 (5 Sep 2019)
RRP £9.99

The Book

A Sunday Times Book of the Year

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

Exciting physics doesn't just show up in billion-dollar experiments like the Large Hadron Collider or in extreme astrophysical environments like black holes. It's to be found all around us, just beneath the surface of our normal everyday lives.

An ordinary morning routine depends on some of the weirdest phenomena ever discovered. Did you know for instance that even the humble alarm clock holds secrets about quantum mechanics or that classical physics couldn't explain why your toaster's heating element glows orange? Or that the sensor your phone uses to take pictures of your kids or cats is, at a fundamental level, quantum mechanical, relying as it does on the particle nature of light?

In Breakfast with Einstein, Chad Orzel elevates the everyday by showing the wonder and amazement that can be found in even the simplest activities. Quantum physics is one of the great intellectual triumphs of human civilisation, and it's all around us, everyday - if you just 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

‘Orzel draws us in with the everyday experience. And then we find we are on a journey of more than 100 years of physics. The reader is rewarded not only with a deeper understanding of everyday things, but also learns how physicists themselves look the world every day.'

- David Saltzberg, professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA

‘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

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