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2019 Finalist: Middle Grades Science Book

My First Book of Quantum Physics, by Sheddad Kaid-Salah Ferrón. (Illustrations by Eduard Altarriba.) Button Books, 2018.

Everything in the universe—including light, water, air, planets, buildings, animals and people—is made of minute particles. Quantum physics is the science of these tiny particles. The discoveries made in quantum physics have been the driving force behind technological advances ranging from cell phones to lasers and medical imaging. Without it, most of the technology we take for granted simply wouldn’t exist.

Quantum physics also pushes us to the boundaries of what we know about science, reality, and the structure of the universe. In the quantum world, particles do strange things, and act totally unlike the objects we experience in day-to-day life. How can atoms exist in two places at once? And just how can a cat be dead and alive at the same time? Find out more with this entertaining illustrated guide to the fascinating world of quantum physics.