Paradox by Jim Al-Khalili

Paradox

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 i...


Details Paradox

TitleParadox
ISBN9780307986795
Author
Release DateOct 23rd, 2012
PublisherBroadway Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Physics, Popular Science
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Reviews Paradox

  • Ahmed Samir
    2017-11-26
    So this was the true definition of a popular science book. From the get-go, Jim goes on to a number of very interesting examples to put the reader at bay with what lies ahead, and amazingly he moves from one paradox to the other very swiftly. Each paradox is discussed with the utmost care to be as clear as possible. Although I had to re-read some sections to make sure I understood, overall, it was a fantastic read. What I like most is how the aut...
  • David
    2014-02-13
    This is an entertaining book about seeming paradoxes in physics. I highly recommend the book to people interested in special relativity, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and mathematics.Is time travel possible? That is covered in chapter 7, "The Grandfather Paradox", where Al-Khalili explains what might happen if you went back in time to murder your grandfather. Is it possible? I won't say right here, because it is definitely a spoiler. What ab...
  • retroj
    2013-05-09
    What do you do when a friend recommends a science book to you, and a few chapters in, you realise that it has nothing to teach you? ..and the writing style is bland, and the author is at one time skipping over important distinctions, and at another muddling simple ideas with rambling? You trudge on, and change your purpose from one of learning to one of gathering ammunition for a scathing book review! Let's go!As it turned out, I couldn't make my...
  • Farhana
    2017-08-02
    Fascinating ! This book deals with 9 beautiful paradoxes and their explanations. The writer and physicist Jim has done really a good job. He unfolded the paradoxes and explained things so well. The smooth covering of all the details, explanations reveal his expertise on the topics. The writing is very fluent. I believe anyone will enjoy these beautiful paradoxes. O:)
  • Bilge B
    2017-03-29
    Görelilikten tutun, zaman yolculuğuna, alternatif evrenlere ve diğer bir sürü şeye dair bilgilerle dolu. Kuantum fiziği bence bu kadar basit olamaz o yüzden basitleştirilmiş halini, aptala anlatır gibi çok güzel açıklamış yazar. Zaten fiziği seviyorum, çok beğendim kitabı, ilginiz olabilecek bir konu ise hiç düşünmeden alıp okuyun.
  • TheMadHatter
    2012-12-08
    The title of the book I actually read was "Paradox: The nine greatest enigmas in science" by the same author. However, given they both have the same ISBN (So I can't add my copy) and the book I read was pretty much enigmas in physics, I am going to post here and assume this is just a publisher's discretion thingo between different country releases :-). Almost like Americans calling the first Harry Potter book a sorcerer's stone (rather than the p...
  • Красимира
    2017-11-17
    Прекрасна книга, особено за хора като мен, които имат много бегли научни познания (да не кажа никакви) по физика и астрономия, но се интересуват от структурата на Вселената и законите действащи в нея. Повечето парадокси като тeзи за Ахил и костенур...
  • Naomi
    2018-01-03
    Excellent explanation of some quite difficult physics concepts, and really interesting paradoxes were explored. This book really makes you question human existence and the uniqueness of our universe. It wasn't too "dumbed down" as some popular science books tend to be. Would have liked to have seen some maths in there but one can only dream.
  • Evan
    2019-04-30
    Entertaining and interesting, though at times somewhat difficult to follow and a few parts required a re-listen in order to fully grasp what was being conveyed. Glad to have read it, but wouldn't rush to re-read or recommend...
  • Joel Everett
    2018-03-26
    Great book with lots of great information in there, I’d recommend for GCSE age (about 15/16) because it gives enough information to peak interest but not in any difficult detail. Intriguing read all the same.
  • Maide Karzaoğlu
    2018-03-12
    Aynı gün içindeki Esb-Saw, Saw-Esb arasında bitirmeyi başardığıma ben bile inanamıyorum.
  • Brian Clegg
    2012-04-11
    There is something wonderful about paradoxes - and when I give talks to people about physics, I find it's the paradoxical bits, the ones that seriously bend your mind, that really get them going. That being the case, it's a no-brainer that Jim Al-Khalili's latest book is one to look out for. It's rather unfortunate that he defines paradox incorrectly at the start, saying it is 'a statement that leads to a circular and self-contradictory argument,...
  • Jim
    2012-10-23
    To earn an engineering degree many years ago, I took a lot of math and science courses. I struggled with the advanced mathematics, but I loved the sciences, especially physics, and I've been keen on science ever since. My home library includes many science books, running the gamut from cosmology to quantum mechanics. I don't always understand everything that I read, but I'm always fascinated by a well written book on science. And "Paradox: The Ni...
  • Rob Slaven
    2013-04-15
    As I've said countless times lately, I received this book in a GoodReads giveaway. With the popularity of shows like "The Big Bang Theory" it's not surprising that books of this sort are making their way increasingly into the awareness of the reading public. In a nutshell, I think this book tries to cover too much ground in too little time. For most of the topics covered a 300-page book just for one topic is not usually sufficient so to attempt t...
  • Jill
    2012-11-02
    Ever wonder if it is possible to time-travel, why the night sky is not brighter, why it is impossible to build a perpetual motion machine, or why we have not had any communication from intelligent beings from other planets? This little book by Jim Al-Khalili, a quantum physicist at the University of Surrey, answers these and several other difficult questions in easy to read language with no equations. Paradoxes are puzzles that are logical braint...
  • ᴡᴡᴡ.Laura_Zimmerman.18sexy.pw
    2012-09-22
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I am NOT a physics or math sort of person and I entered the drawing because I hoped the book would be a Physics Made Easy sort of read.Probably because I'm not a physics or math person, it was difficult for me to read this book and stay interested. Rather than staying engaged I found myself nodding off as I read. My hope of having these concepts in physics explained in a way that made sense to me...
  • Kaleb Bierstedt
    2016-04-11
    I found this book to be very interesting, and often times found myself taking breaks during the book to sort out some the ideas that Jim Al-Khalili brings up because some of the paradoxes have such odd logic to them. Also at the time of reading this book we were learning about similar mathematical concepts that could be applied in the Achilles and the Tortoise section in my AP Calc class, so that also helped spark my interest in the book. Althoug...
  • Deidre
    2012-08-15
    Probabilities, puzzles, and problems abound in Jim Al-Khalili's book Paradox: The Nine Great Enigmas is Physics. If ever there was a book to prompt your brain to run in circles it's this one which offers conundrum after conundrum, rapid fire. Your enjoyment of this book will likely depend on how interested in quantum mechanics, physics, philosophy, and metaphysics you are. I've read a bunch of different reviews of the British version, those who h...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    2013-03-14
    a passable intro to weird paradoxes in physics. It talks about Olbers paradox of the dark night sky, If the universe is infinite and stars are randomly distributed there should be stars in every direction and the night sky should be blazingly bright it is not because even if the universe is infinite we can only see a finite part of it because of the big bang light hasn't reached us from parts of the universe. the book goes on with zeno's paradox,...
  • John
    2013-05-08
    I can't really say how readable it is if you've never taken Quantum Mechanics, but if you took it about 7 years ago it's not too bad. If you've heard of Olber's paradox (why is the sky dark at night), and wondered how it's resolved (not the way I thought it was) - (view spoiler)[it's not that some of the stars are further away - they should still cover the same area of sky as a nearer star. (hide spoiler)] I won't spoil the answer.Actually, most ...
  • Diana
    2013-05-06
    Книгата е много ценна не само с количеството информация, побрано в скромния й обем, а и заради начина на поднасянето й. Определено си личи опитът на проф. Ал-Халили като лектор и комуникатор. Твърдения, чоплили години наред умовете на учените, изгл...
  • John
    2012-10-29
    this book was far less satisfying than it could have been. I was expecting a much more technical treatment of its chosen topics but only got a notional awareness. Having studied these various paradoxes in college physics ill just have to go back and revisit this material mathematically. Readers should expect only superficial coverage of topics in laymen's terms wrapped in TV courtroom strength logic. Understanding imparted by this book may provid...
  • Dale Furutani
    2013-01-20
    I felt one or two of the paradoxes weren't sufficiently explained which was rather disappointing, but for the most part it was a very interesting read. The author often comes across as elitist, always jumping at the chance to remind the reader he's a physicist, and you are not. However, I did enjoy the fact that he wasn't afraid to offer his personal opinion on scientific mysteries, but always made sure to preface them as his own subjective opini...
  • GONZA
    2012-04-25
    This is a must read for people that love science without being a scientist, so I loved it. I have to admit some of the explanations were not so clear to me, because I'm not intelligent enough, but the author made serious efforts to try to be clear and easy.THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP FOR THE PREVIEW
  • Cara
    2013-10-30
    This was decent, though not earth-shattering. I was hoping to read about some paradoxes I hadn't heard of, but the author really only touched on the most famous ones. I guess I might not be the target audience for this book. Still, thorough and enjoyable explanations for the paradoxes he did talk about.
  • Robert Giambo
    2012-10-26
    Topics seemed interesting (if you are interested in physics). However, for me the book was too elementary (having seen the topics discussed in other books) and I suspect is still too difficult for a more general reader
  • Chris Beiser
    2015-06-04
    Reccomended by a friend with a glowing, glowing note. I think I would have loved it at the age of ten, but having taken excellent classes that covered relativity, infinite series, and Zeno's paradox, there wasn't much to see. Skimmed.
  • Xaka
    2013-05-14
    Couldn't finish this book. From the beginning, it annoyed me. I thought it made a good premise, but the first paradox example was so horribly explained that I simply couldn't bother to keep reading.
  • Melda
    2013-04-21
    benim gibi manyaklar için tam bir başucu kitabı. açar açar okur, umutlanır, geri kapatırım :)
  • William Schram
    2018-05-12
    We’ve all heard of the concept of Paradox before, but in case you haven’t, I think this is one;The sentence below is true.The sentence above is false.Now it could also be just a word puzzle of some kind, but that is the kind of thing to expect from this offering by Jim Al-Khalili. The book claims to show the nine greatest enigmas in physics and it does a pretty good job of that. That is not to say that the Paradoxes shown are all unsolved, fa...