Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolutiongrip

Erwin Schrödinger was an Austrian physicist famous for his contribution to quantum physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1933 and is best known for his thought experiment of a cat in a box, both alive and dead at the same time, which revealed the seemingly paradoxical nature of quantum mechanics.

Schrödinger was working at one of the most fertile and creative moments in the whole history of science. By the time he was starting university in 1906, Einstein had already published his revolutionary papers on relativity. Now the baton of scientific progress was being passed to a new generation: Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Niels Bohr, and of course, Schrödinger himself.

In this riveting biography John Gribbin takes us into the heart of the quantum revolution. He tells the story of Schrödinger's surprisingly colourful life (he arrived for a position at Oxford University with both his wife and mistress). And with his trade mark accessible style and popular touch explains the fascinating world of quantum mechanics, which underpins all of modern science.

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• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Bantam Press (29 Mar 2012)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0593067762
• ISBN-13: 978-0593067765



















Get a Grip on PHYSICSgrip

As physicist and author of popular-science books, John Gribbin offers down-to-earth discussions of string theory, black holes, superfluidity, and other cosmic oddities. Playful engravings and cartoons illustrate these imaginative explanations of the laws of physics and their application to everything from massive stars to miniscule atoms. Suitable for readers of all ages

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•Paperback: 192 pages
•Publisher: Dover Publications (November 17, 2011)
•Language: English
•ISBN-10: 0486485021
•ISBN-13: 978-0486485027
















The Reason Why - The Miracle of Life on Earthreasonwhy

Does one planet really matter among the immensity of the Cosmos? John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does. In this ground-breaking and provocative new book Gribbin argues that we owe our existence to the impact of a 'supercomet' with Venus 600 million years ago. But this is only part of the story, just one of the astronomical and geophysical reasons why the Earth is special. For the first time, he makes the link between the whole series of cosmic events that have affected the Earth and given rise to our intelligent civilization - a civilization, Gribbin argues, that is unique within our Milky Way Galaxy. Even if other Earths are common, and life itself may be common, the kind of intelligent, technological civilization that has emerged on Earth occurs only here. If humankind can survive the present environmental crises, the whole of the galaxy may become our home. And if not, our demise may be an event of literally universal significance.

The Reason Why - The Miracle of Life on Earth • John Gribbin • Allen Lane

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Hardback : 07 April 2011

ISBN-10: 1846143276
ISBN-13: 978-1846143274










The Alice Encounteralice

a novella by John Gribbin

There is about 10 times more dark matter (DM, also
known here as Alice matter) than bright stuff in our Galaxy.
The DM is spread out in a roughly uniform sphere (a
spherical distribution of Alice stars), with our flattened disk
Galaxy embedded in it. The “Alice matter”, is a kind of
mirror image shadow stuff; the term “looking glass matter”
has been used by some scientists. Alice matter can be
turned into ordinary matter (and vice versa) by sending it
through a loop of Alice string, a naturally occurring cosmic
phenomenon. Aliens in the DM world, more advanced than
we are, have discovered the trace of 10 per cent “normal”
matter in “their” universe. And have come to investigate it.
Our disk is a perturbation that they are puzzled about.

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In Search of the Multiversegrip


We once had to abandon the idea of earth being at the centre of the universe. Now, we need to confront an even more profound possibility: the universe itself might just be one universe among many. In Search of the Multiverse takes us on an extraordinary journey, examining the most fundamental questions in science. What are the boundaries of our universe? Can there be different physical laws from the ones we know? Are there in fact other universes? Do we really live in a multiverse? This book is a search – the ultimate search – exploring the frontiers of reality. Ideas that were once science fiction have now come to dominate modern physics. And, as John Gribbin shows, there is increasing evidence that there really is more to the universe than we can see. Gribbin guides us through the different competing theories (there is more than one multiverse!) revealing what they have in common and what we can come to expect. He gives a brilliant tour of the current state of cosmology. John Gribbin is our best, most accessible guide to the big questions of science. And there is no bigger question than our search for the multiverse.

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•Hardcover: 250 pages
•Publisher: Allen Lane (27 Aug 2009)
•ISBN-10: 1846141133
•ISBN-13: 978-1846141133










He Knew He Was Right - the irrepressible life of James Lovelock and Gaia reasonwhy


‘one of the great scientific biographies . . .
a brilliantly lucid account of the evolution of Gaia theory’
- Literary Review

‘The Gribbins are the best science writers around . . .
as a one-stop source on the life and works of one of the greatest figures of 20th-century thought, this book is unmissable.’
Henry Gee (Senior Editor, Nature) in BBC Focus
‘absorbing’ - Sunday Times

Jim Lovelock is an iconic figure in British science, a prophet whose prophecies are coming true. This is his definitive authorised biography. Lovelock is best known as the 'father' of Gaia theory, which is now established as the most useful way of understanding the dramatic changes happening to the environment of the Earth.
But few people know about his early work as a chemist and inventor - work which included inventing the detectors used to search for life on Mars, and blowing the whistle on the depletion of ozone layer. In his personal life, he was a Quaker and conscientious objector in World War Two (later changing his mind in view of the evils of Nazism), supported his family for a time by selling his own blood, and gave up a salary and security to become an independent scientist based in an English village - from which all his best known work emerged.
As he approaches his 90th birthday, looking forward to going into space, this book truly reveals an independent, original and inspiring life.

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• Hardcover: 356 pages • Publisher: Allen Lane (26 Feb 2009) • Language English
•ISBN-10: 1846140161 •ISBN-13: 978-1846140167 Hardback: April 2011 ISBN:



John Gribbin was born in 1946 in Maidstone, Kent. He studied physics at the University of Sussex and went on to complete an MSc in astronomy at the same University before moving to the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, to work for his PhD.

After working for the journal Nature and New Scientist, he has concentrated chiefly on writing books. These include In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, In Search of the Double Helix and In Search of the Big Bang. A biography Stephen Hawking (co-written with Michael White) spent 12 weeks on the Sunday Times' hardback best-seller list – only prevented from hitting the top spot by A Brief History of Time. His books have received science-writing awards both in the UK and the US.
His other biographical subjects include Richard Feynman, Galileo, Buddy Holly and most recently James Lovelock.

Since 1993, Gribbin has been a Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex, chiefly working on the problem of determining the age of the Universe.




















Timeswitch timeswap

A time traveler from the 20th century is in a desperate race against time across 11th century England in an attempt to change the course of history. But which history? And which 20th century? With chilling overtones of the environmental crisis facing us today, but incorporating the latest scientific thinking about the Multiverse, John Gribbin offers a unique blend of real science and adventure fiction.

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In Search of Schroedinger's Cat


A time traveler from the 20th century is in a desperate race against time across 11th century England in an attempt to change the course of history. But which history? And which 20th century? With chilling overtones of the environmental crisis facing us today, but incorporating the latest scientific thinking about the Multiverse, John Gribbin offers a unique blend of real science and adventure fiction.

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The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers - which, like Schrödinger's famous 'dead and alive' cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons or atoms existing in two states at the same time - is set to turn the computing world on its head.

In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where 'everything is real'. Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle.

He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications - from machines which learn through 'intuition' and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.

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Fiction Series
• Double Planet
◦ 1 Double Planet (1988) with Marcus Chown
◦ 2 Reunion (1991) with Marcus Chown
• The Sixth Winter (1979) with Douglas Orgill
• Brother Esau (1982) with Douglas Orgill
• Father to the Man (1989)
• Ragnarok (1991) with D. G. Compton
• Innervisions (1993)
• Timeswitch (2009)
• The Alice Encounter (2011)
• The Jupiter Effect (1974) with Stephen H. Plagemann [only as by John R. Gribbin
and Stephen H. Plagemann ]
• Timewarps (1979)
• Our Changing Planet (1979)
• The Strangest Star (1980)
• In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality (1984)
• In Search of the Big Bang (1986)
• The Omega Point (1987)
• Q is for Quantum (1998)
• Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything (1998) with Mary Gribbin
• The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (2003) with Mary Gribbin also appeared as:
• Variant Title: Los Misterios de la Materia Oscura, (2005)
• Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet is Unique by John Gribbin (8 Dec 2011)
• Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits (2013)
• Perpendicular Worlds (1984)
• Double Planet (1984) [also as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• Doomsday Device (1985)
• Programmed for Destruction (1985)
• Random Variable (1986)
• The Royal Visit (1986)
• The Sins of the Fathers (1986)
• The Moment of Creation (1988)
• Other Edens (1989)
• Defense Iniative (1990)
• The Carbon Papers (1990)
• Insight (1990)
• Survival of the Fittest (1990) with Marcus Chown
• Don't Look Back (1990)
• Mother Love (1991)
• Something to Beef About (1991)
• The Alice Encounter (1994)
• The Alice Encounter (2011)
Essay Series
• Probability Zero
◦ Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’Roll (1985)
• Science Fact (Analog)
◦ Is the Sun a Normal Star? (1977) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
◦ The Seeds of Life (1978)
◦ Galaxy Formation (1980) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
◦ Carbon Dioxide and Climate (1980)
◦ Base Eight Arithmetic, Meteors and Man (1981)
◦ Nuclear Bombs Do Affect the Weather (1982)
◦ The Lost Dimensions of Reality (1985)
◦ Seeking the Missing Mass (1988)
◦ Where Buffalo Roam . . . (1990) with Mary Gribbin
◦ Whatever Happened to the Little Ice Age? (1991)
◦ Is the Moon a Babel Fish? (2012)
• Editorial (Analog)
◦ Publish or Perish? (1976) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• The Climatic Threat (1976) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• Letter (Analog, February 1978) (1978)
• State of the Art: Science Fiction is Too Gloomy (1978)
• Future Curves: Omni Surveys the Royal Society (1980) with Dr. Bernard Dixon
• Space: Jupiter's Noneffect (1980)
• Letter (Analog, February 1981) (1981)
• An Astronomical View of the Greenhouse (1983) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• Right-Angle Realities (1985)
• Before the Big Bang (1986) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• The Naked Chimp (1986) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• Timewarps Revisited (1986)
• In Praise of Sociobiology (1987) with Mary Gribbin [only as by Dr. John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin ]
• The Lost Years of Cosmology (1987) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• Science and Science Fiction (Reply to George Turner) (1988)
• The Reversing Universe (1989)
• Letter (Vector 158) (1990)
• Letter (Vector 160) (1991)
• Letter (Analog, December 1991) (1991)
• Letter (Vector 178) (1994) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]
• Time Travel for Beginners (2004) [only as by Dr. John Gribbin ]