I finished this book last night, Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner,
and I had this thought:
"Wow. This was a great book. I want this in my personal library, I think I'll buy my own copy someday. This book was so great, I'm going to write a blog post about it. Yeah!"
Except it was 3:00 a.m. at the time, the computer was already turned off and it's a mother-of-a-monster to turn back on, so I told myself I'd do it after a good night's sleep.
Well, here's the thing guys, it was 3:00 in the morning when I had these thoughts. Now, nearly twelve hours later, I don't really remember all the poetic and profound things I was going to say.
So here's the gist of it:
The book is about Quantum Mechanics. Specifically why it's so hard to understand, what the experiments are telling us, some of the interpretations, and why the "enigma" makes physicists so uncomfortable.
It's put into terms that do not require a technical background, just an above-average dose of intelligence and a general interest in science (when I read that in the introduction I almost jumped out of my seat with my hand raised in the air, "Hey, that's me! That's me exactly! Pick me!!" which would have been awkward since I was in the public library at the time...). I found it to be informative, easy to follow, and incredibly thought provoking.
It was published about 5 years ago, and a lot can happen in the science community in 5 years, so I have to wonder if anything has changed in our general understanding since then. And then I saw online that there is a second edition!
I don't like surprises. A lesson my husband, Ranger, had to learn the hard way. I do, however, greatly relish occasional and unexpected revelations.
An example from this morning:
I was lying down on the couch, watching Ranger pull up Pandora.com and create a new station. I asked him what the new station was and he said, "Nabucco."
"Nabucco. It's an Italian opera."
"Oh. What's it about?"
"The story is about the Hebrews in exile from Babylon."
Maybe this sounds like a normal exchange to you, but it was a mild surprise to me. Couple of reasons for this, 1) he's never talked about opera before, much less a specific one from Italy, and 2) I had just seen him finish a youtube video about the Ruger 1022 Takedown (it's a gun...or something...I tried to pay attention but I zoned out within the first 30 seconds) while talking to me about guns and knives and wilderness survival. You know. Man Stuff.
And I expect this sort of Man Stuff from Ranger because that's who he is. He's also a complete sci-fi nerd (Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Dr. Who, Firefly...you name it, he's seen it. And loved it). I also expect conversations about preparedness, bug-out bags, Zombie Squad, costuming and online role playing games. (but not LARPing. Everyone's got their limits.)
-Miss Hobbit, this is quite an insight into your life and interests. What do you have in your bug-out bag? -I didn't say my interests. I said my husband's interests. You don't have to love everything your spouse loves - it's why we're such a terrific match.
And now I find out, with pleasant astonishment, that he is also somewhat versed in classical music and operas.
I love his many dimensions. It's a bit thrilling, too, when I discover a new one. I hope we keep surprising each other like this in the coming years.