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Simple quantum physics?

I am extremely interested in quantum physics (gravitational effects, how light travels, the origins of the universe, ect.). I’ve tried reading several books and watching several films on the subject, but I always end up more confuse then when I started. Is there anything out there like “quantum theory for dummies” or anything like that?

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  1. It is very interesting to read about gravitational effects, travelling with the speed of light and and a lot of fictions based on them . If you go deeper into the phenomenon you need a strong mathematical background to follow them. So you can read any General book on gravitational effects or time travel and keep wondering are the really true !!

  2. reading and reading…some of it can help you out. Equations can further confuse us.
    There is much more going on besides what equations can bring to light.
    Have you read up on Kip Thorne’s material? That’s good stuff.
    I will have to say that the scientific community doesn’t have a full grasp on the quantum field…and don’t expect them to. You’ll be searching farther than any scientist in no time…..
    depends on how far you are willing to go down the rabbit hole….in which case, it WILL be outside of mainstream science, that you’d go looking for answers to the riddles of the universe. 🙂

  3. Try the book “University Physics” by Hugh Young and Roger Freedman. I was just like you before I read the Modern Physics chapter in it!!

  4. “Modern Physics” textbooks are a great start (authors like Llewelyn or Beiser). There is also the “Idiot’s Guide to Quantum Mechanics”, although it requires that you already have a grasp on the basic math and physics involved.
    But it sounds like you’re not really sure what “quantum physics” entails. The word “quantum” refers to quantization, which deals with integer numbers of particles. For example, a quanta of light is a photon. What you are interested in is probably best treated in other fields. Light and light propagation falls squarely under electrodynamics or optics; gravity is treated in quantum but at extremely advanced levels, and is generally ignored outside of the subset of “quantum gravitation”. The origins of the universe are either covered in astrophysics or in high energy physics (which definitely has quantum mechanics, but it also requires a working mathematical knowledge of relativistic physics).
    If you really want to do some deep, scientist-sanctioned thinking on the trippier parts of physics, work through a Modern textbook first. You’ll probably get a better understanding of what the question is in the first place.

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