Philly the photon will challenge you, educate you, and inspire you, these are just some of the claims made by Mark A Montgomery in his book The Quantum Realm: Philly the Photon, these are promises on which he delivers, along with so much more. Sebastian finds himself trapped within a lucid dream, after going to bed filled with questions. Now in order to escape the Quantum Realm he must learn to understand and manipulate its innermost workings. He must travel through the negative charged electron cloud and survive the Abyss of Emptiness to reach Grunk the Great Graviton, who will decide if he has proved himself worthy of being returned home.
At time the author’s descriptive flair gave me goose bumps. I could see myself there, walking the storm and navigating the depths of this complex realm. Sebastian asks the questions everyone should think to ask, how, what, where why, what if? While also offering a profound suggestion, to overcome you fear you must first understand it, and by gaining insight into its nature it is no longer as mysterious or terrifying. Mark A Montgomery explains the scientific method through story and explanation in a way that’s both fun and gripping. It reminded me a little of the Rock ‘n’ Learn dvds I watch with my son. There are little gems of wisdom and a wealth of understanding within these pages as Sebastian tries to apply the method and find his own understanding. One of the things I found most endearing about this book was the use of humour as a learning tool. Phrases such as ‘We’ll make you walk the Planck’ left me chuckling and will stay with me a long time.