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Black Bodies and Quantum Cats

Tales of Pure Genius and Mad Science

Jennifer Ouellette

Jennifer Ouellette skillfully blends science and popular culture to shed vibrant new light upon some of the most revolutionary scientific inventions in the history of mankind. Addams Family Values illustrate Newton’s laws, Back to the Future demonstrates the finer points of special relativity, and Jeannette Winterson’s novel Gut Symmetries provides an elegant metaphorical framework for string theory. By combining colourful historical details with literature, art,and music, this book proves that physics is not arcane or even very scary, but is instead an exciting and profoundly human endeavour—and a fundamental part of our everyday world.

  • Publication date: October 19, 2006
  • ISBN: 9781851684991
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 336


"A solid, 5 star performer. Ouellette writes engagingly, the whole thing is great fun and has plenty of content."
"Ouellette's archive of revolutionary scientific developments is big fun in bite-sized pieces."
The Times

Jennifer Ouellette

Jennifer Ouellette is a former English major and self-confessed ‘physics phobe’. She is associate editor of APS News, the monthly publication of The American Physical Society, and has written on topics as varied as the acoustics of Mayan pyramids and New York City subways and the precarious pitfalls of pseudoscience. Visit her Cocktail Party Physics blog at

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