Real Quanta


Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr walk into the famous Hotel Métropole and sit down at the author’s table to discuss the state of quantum mechanics today.

Particles that exist in two places at once, consequences that occur without a cause, objects that exist only if you look at them — quantum mechanics proves that all of this is possible, and not just in dark science labs. Look no further than your smartphone or tablet for technology made conceivable by quantum theory.

From quantum computers to “teleporting” data, medicine to photosynthesis and the quantum compass in some migratory birds, Martijn van Calmthout plainly explains — to his readers and to an astounded Einstein and Bohr — how Quantum 2.0 is increasingly part of everyone’s daily life. Rather than being the exceptional domain, Van Calmthout shows how quantum mechanics is actually part of our tangible world, and may even be the very crux of our existence.


A best-fit for scientifically inclined readers.


The reader is taken through the sometimes incomprehensible world of quantum mechanics in an informative and entertaining way. Martijn van Calmthout is a gifted storyteller.

New Scientist

Quantum technology is a fascinating yet complex science that the Netherlands is very strong in. The more people get to know about it, the better. Real Quanta succeeds in telling it in an interesting and comprehensible way.

Martijn van Calmthout describes quantum particles so clearly that they seem to be the most normal thing in the world. Which they are …

Takes a look at the real world, its path, and possible future. Easily readable and very informative.

Evilcyclist’s Blog

Physics is like magic. Especially quantum physics. And reading Real Quanta helped me remember why I loved it so much.

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