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Quantum Mechanics (A Ladybird Expert Book)

One of the first three books published as part of the Ladybird Expert Series, this book explores all the key players, breakthroughs, controversies and unanswered questions of the quantum world. 

You'll discover how the sun shines, why light is both a wave and a particle, the certainty of the Uncertainty Principle, Schrodinger's Cat, Einstein's spooky action, how to build a quantum computer, and why quantum mechanics drives even its experts completely crazy.

The Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture.

For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.

                Available in Hardback and on Kindle

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Aliens: Science Asks Is Anyone Out There?  

It's the biggest question we've ever faced, one that has fascinated generations of humans: do aliens exist? If they did, what would they look like? How would they think? And what would it mean for us if we found them?  Here, Professor Jim Al-Khalili blasts off in search of answers.

Featuring twenty pieces by top scientists and experts in the field including Martin Rees, Paul Davies, Monica Grady, Seth Shostak, Ian Stewart and Adam Rutherford, Aliens covers every aspect of the subject

Available in paperback and on Kindle  



News and Links : 

The Life Scientific

Each week, Professor Jim Al-Khalili invites a leading scientist to tell us about their life and work. He’ll talk to Nobel laureates as well as the next generation of beautiful minds to find out what inspires and motivates them and what their discoveries might do for us.

Click here See All Previous Episodes Here including this one with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson


University of Surrey Department of Physics

Jim is Professor Of Physics and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University for Surrey    


Jim Al Khalili's Ted Talk

(1.3m views so far)

How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili describes the new and extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

Click here to View Jim's Talk


Centre of Nuclear and Radiation Physics

Jim is part of the Nuclear Theory Group at the University of Surrey.



Watch me and Neil deGrasse Tyson show how badly we moonwalk

This short clip was taken in early December at BBC New Broadcasting House in London, when Neil came in to record an episode of my radio show, The Life Scientific (aired on 20 Dec and available on the website to listen to). At the end of the recording (not in the programme) I said he was the only other scientist I know who claims to be able to moonwalk. This led to a Moonwalk-off. 

We are both utterly dreadful....


Jim Meets…

Watch my interviews from the “Jim meets…” series on the University of Surrey’s YouTube page: