Best books about quantum theory

What to read about quantum electrodynamics, black holes, and particle physics

The course “Quantum theory” talks about wave-particle dualism, topological effects, and supersymmetric theories. We asked Emil Akhmedov, doctor of physics and mathematics, to recommend books for deep immersion in the topic. Feynman lectures and monographs on elementary particle physics and black holes combine the ability to talk in simple words about the most complex phenomena of the quantum world.


Feynman R. QED — QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter.

This book is a classic of popular science literature. In it, Richard Feynman simply describes experimental observations and interprets them. The complex phenomena of quantum electrodynamics are explained in illustrative examples.
Feynman R., Leighton R., Sands M. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume III quantum mechanics

The Feynman was an amazing taste in the sense that he was introduced to the subject, starting with the basics. After all, what is theoretical physics? We can say that this is the ability to turn words into formulas, then develop them, and turn the resulting formulas back into words. Feynman is a virtuoso at this. Making some minimal assumptions, starting from the very basics, he writes out formulas from which a science of tremendous beauty blooms. His course is written in this style and, of course, instills the right taste. It is also worth reading “a Dozen lectures: six simpler and six more complex”. These are selected Feynman lectures on the stages of the formation of modern physics and its connection with other Sciences.
Brian Cox, Jeffrey R. Forshaw. The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen

The authors introduce readers to the history of quantum physics and its main theories. From simple quantum phenomena, Cox and Forshaw move on to complex ones. At the very end, they explain how white dwarfs work. The stability of these stars is determined by quantum effects.

Weinberg S. The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe

The book was first published in the second half of the 1970s. It describes the current (at that time) state of fundamental physics. Weinberg talks about the early development of the Universe and the Standard model. How does particle physics work? The book is necessary to get acquainted with the main issues of cosmology and particle physics.

Akhmedov E. On the birth and death of black holes

This book explains what black holes are: how they appear, how they are arranged, what properties they have, and how they are studied. This book is an attempt to provide a simple explanation for the well-known mystical properties of black holes. It is designed for high school students and students who are interested in physics and mathematics.

Okun L. Primer in Particle Physics

Lev Okun popularly talks about the current state of elementary particle physics. How do leptons, quarks, photons, gluons, W – and Z-bosons differ from each other? Okun gives quite clear, clear, simple examples using formulas that even a high school student who is interested in physics and mathematics can understand. We are talking about the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and field theory. To delve deeper into the topic and clarify for yourself the incomprehensible points, you can start with other books by Lev Borisovich: “the Basics of physics” and “on the movement of matter”.