Juxtaposed between storybook and textbook, Chris Ferrie's Quantum Physics for Babies lightens the intellectual load and adds some colour to concepts usually reserved for academic inquiry and debate. It explores the fundamentals of atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, energy and the relationship between matter in surprisingly simple and colourful diagrams. The book makes for light, fun reading with children of any age and simplifies without trivialising the core theory of quantum physics. "Oh wow! Awesome!" is not the kind of reaction that I was expecting for a quantum physics book, but that’s just what I got when reviewing Quantum Physics for Babies with my eight-year-old son, Harvey. I, though an avid reader and lover of words, have been challenged to explore his areas of interest including the hard sciences, mathematics and even coding languages. Many books on these topics are too technical and literal, and just downright intimidating. Ferrie though, has triumphed with an engaging, yet simple take on a complex topic. If only there were books like this around when I was young, I may have been less daunted by the techy-topics later in life!
A physicist, mathematician and father of four, Chris Ferrie is also a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Quantum Software and Innovation. Quantum Physics for Babies is one of eight science for children books written by Ferrie.