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The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook


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Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist, and broadcaster. A consultant at New Scientist, he also writes regularly for New Statesman. Brooks is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science, and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, THE, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many magazines. He has lectured at, amongst others, NYU, the American Museum of Natural History, and the University of Cambridge.


'Jerome Cardano is my all-time favourite mathematical rogue. Michael Brooks has brought him vividly to life in entertaining, informative, and highly original conversations about frontier physics, held across a gulf of centuries. A daring and successful experiment and a new kind of popular science writing.'

-- Ian Stewart

"A near-novelistic account that's part quantum science, part biography, and part history, this story of 16th-century polymath Jerome Cardano delivers enjoyment on every level ... The author breathes life into the intrigues of the 16th century, from a political crisis point which turns on a king receiving a favorable horoscope, to public math battles in the town square between bitter rivals. Brooks's work offers a bewitching and intimate mix of biography and science." STARRED REVIEW * Publishers Weekly *

'Michael Brooks is a magician in the old sense - both scientist and artist. He uses both disciplines to create a compelling, fresh look at the quantum world. A fantastic read for students of reality.'

-- Gwyneth Lewis, author of Sunbathing in the Rain

'Michael Brooks is the canniest science writer around. He writes, above all, with attitude.'

* The Independent *

'Brooks communicates difficult stuff in an amiable and lucid manner.'

* New Statesman *

'[Brooks's] history of [quantum theory] and his sketches of its principals - Einstein, Schro dinger, Bohr - are swift and precise, but he really shines in his lucid discussions of theory and experiment.'

* Financial Times *

'4 stars ... Cardano turns out to be an intriguing figure, deserving of Brooks' obsession ... [they] make for very entertaining and illuminating companions.'

* The Mail on Sunday *

'An enthralling biography of the polymath Jerome Cardano, which doubles as a primer on the strangeness of quantum physics ... This vivid book offers belated recompense to a gambler who lost more than he won in an eventful and turbulent life.'

* The Sunday Times *

'This beautifully written book is a kind of experimental scientific biography that mashes up science with what seems to be non-science, the better to explore the boundaries of what we still don't know ... a quite superb book.'

* The Guardian *

'A beautifully novelistic fusion of physics and biography.'

* The Daily Telegraph *

'This unconventional biography reads like a playful, postmodern novel full of ambition, intrigue, tragedy and an amazing array of scientific discoveries ... a risky conceit but Brooks pulls it off magnificently.'

* The Sydney Morning Herald *

'Brooks is an exemplary science writer. His explanations have the sort of clarity you often yearn for when you read about science, but rarely find.'

* The Daily Telegraph *

'[A] fascinating and accessible primer on some of the meatiest and most controversial ideas in modern science ... Brooks is known for his ability to explain difficult science to non-specialist audiences, and his passionate interest in quantum physics and history animates every page of this engrossing book.'

* The Saturday Paper *

'The premise of Michael Brooks's book linking Cardano and quantum physics is bonkers but curiously effective.'

* New Statesman *

'The most original non-fiction book I've read in years.'


Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature and Founding Gardeners

'This is one of the best & imaginative non-fiction books I've ever read. Hands down. US readers ... I promise. Absolutely fantastic.'

-- Andrea Wulf

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