We’re out for a walk, when the dog spots a squirrel up ahead and takes off in pursuit. The squirrel flees into a yard and dodges around a small ornamental maple. Emmy doesn’t alter her course in the slightest, and just before she slams into the tree, I pull her up short.
“What’d you do that for?” she asks, indignantly.
“What do you mean? You were about to run into a tree, and I stopped you.”
“No I wasn’t.” She looks off after the squirrel, now safely up a bigger tree on the other side of the yard. “Because of quantum.”
We start walking again. “OK, you’re going to have to explain that,” I say.
“Well, I have this plan,” she says. “You know how when I chase the bunnies in the back yard, when I run to the right of the pond, they go left, and get away?”
“And when I run to the left of the pond, they go right, and get away?”
“Well, I’ve thought of a new way to run, so they can’t escape.”
“What, right through the middle of the pond?” It’s only about eight inches deep and a couple of feet across.
“No, silly. I’m going to go both ways. I’ll trap the bunnies between me.”
Because I keep getting odd looks when I describe my book project at this meeting, I whipped up a pdf version of chapter one, so I can point people to it and give them a feel for what it’s like. This is just the latest draft version of Chapter 1, saved as a PDF.
Important caveats: this is not a final version, and I’m putting it up here for demonstration purposes only. It’s subject to change dramatically before it gets close to publication. It’s also subject to disappearing entirely, if I decide to take it down so as not to spoil things. But for the moment, at least, here’s the first chapter, on Particle-Wave Duality.
The snippet above is just a teaser from the dog dialogue that opens the chapter. It’s followed by a longer explanation aimed at human readers, with occasional interjections from the dog. The conceit is that she’s reading along as I go through the draft, and pointing out spots where I didn’t provide enough information to answer all her questions.
I hope you enjoy it, and I hope this gives a clearer picture of what’s going on than the elevator pitch that keeps getting me sideways looks…