When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11: Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal

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I’m a science nerd. I love reading about it, and I love stretching my brain to try to understand new concepts. And despite reading literally dozens of books about quantum physics, I don’t feel any closer to understanding it in a fundamental, tangible way.

That’s what I would tell people before reading When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11. But after reading Moriarty’s metal-fueled deep-dive into physics, I feel like I have something of a grip on the subject. And that’s an amazing accomplishment in its own right.

Beyond that, Moriarty has penned an immensely engaging book about the science of music, the good points and bad points of heavy metal, and the many unexpected ways that music and science intersect. (He even manages to take down the quantum babble nonsense of Deepak Chopra along the way.)

Moriarty injects lyrics and concepts with equal deftness, explaining how guitars, amps, and effects pedals work alongside easily parsed descriptions of the double-slit experiment, Fourier transforms, and other challenging terminology.

If you like heavy metal, you’ll dig this book. If you like science, you’ll dig this book. And if you don’t like either…I don’t know what to tell you. Read it anyway.

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Author Philip Moriarty
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher BenBella Books
Publish Date 2018-Jul-31
ISBN 9781944648527
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Issue September 2018
Category Science & Nature


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