Black Swan, £8.99
Paradox, By Jim Al-Khalili
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Friday 03 May 2013
Professor Al-Khalili continues to promote "pop physics" and engage our grey matter in this accessible, imaginative book on science and logical puzzles.
Using simple if slightly geeky language ("this is my favourite veridical paradox"), he brings complex theory to the layman, from "the riddle of the missing dollar" (reminiscient of a GCSE maths brain-teaser ) to the "time travel paradox" (what would happen if your older self went back in time to murder your younger self?) inspired by Einstein's theories of time and space.
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