Monday, March 2, 2015

Quantum chess covers

New book time again.  Well, okay, it happens every week, but I have been away for some months in another city and living another life, so I am new back to the pleasures of this one.  New books.  And this time quantum mechanics.  Mrs. Google tells me that quantum mechanics is:  the mathematical description of the motion and interaction of subatomic particles, incorporating the concepts of quantization of energy, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, and the correspondence principle.  Or as I like to say, the interaction of tiny things.  So, as I process books and I come across two in my pile that both have chess pieces on their covers and the word 'quantum' in the title.  I look again. Because I love these tiny quinky dinks.  

I look closer and I find that in book number two, the bigger book, with red chess pieces, has four authors, all of whom have a first name starting with G: Giampiero, Giuseppe, Gennaro, and George.  But I am unimpressed.  I write stories for kids.  I know there is supposed to be three things. But this is only two matching things, chess pieces, quantum, and... what?  The four G's is suspicious though.  There must be more.  Then it hits me, one is published by MIT in Cambridge Mass and the other is published by Cambridge University Press.  Quinky dink mechanics: the interconnectedness of tiny things.

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