Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Together, they explain virtually everything about the world we live in. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven’t the slightest clue what either is about.

Marcus Chown, himself baffled by other attempts to explain these ideas to a wider audience, thought that there must be a better way. This book is the result. In simple language, in a book that can be read in a morning, he illuminates the two most brilliant and exhilarating ideas of the last century.


  • Publisher: Faber
  • Publication date: September 4, 2008
  • ISBN: 9780571315024
  • Readers will experience happy eureka moments.

    The Times

  • Weird, sexy and mind-blowing.


  • A must-read for anyone who wants to better understand this crazy universe we live in. Superb.

    Astronomy Now

  • For a quick briefing on the biggest ideas behind modern physics you would be hard-pressed to find a better guide than Marcus Chown.

    New Scientist

  • An effective antidote to some of the baloney that now and then creeps into popular introductions to quantum physics. Chown’s brief primer on quantum physics and relativity introduces the reader to a series of weird and wonderful physics: time travel, multiple realities, multiverses, superfluids. Mind blowing. But, best of all, good physics as told by a good physicist.

    Simon Singh, Los Angeles Times