Literature: How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
How To Teach Physics To Your Dog
is a pop-science book by blogger Chad Orzel
, which explains quantum physics through a series of dialogues between the author and his dog Emmy. Yes, it's as funny as it sounds. Some reprints are titled How To Teach Quantum Physics To Your Dog
Followed by a sequel, How To Teach Relativity To Your Dog
This work contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The book started out as a Rabbit Hole Day blog post.
- Author Avatar: The author is one of the two major characters in the dialogues.
- The Ditz: Emmy, who goes looking for steak from alternate universes, waits for bunnies made of cheese to spontaneously appear in her backyard, and can be distracted from anything with a simple, "Look! A squirrel!"
- Honest John's Dealership: The evil squirrel selling zero-point energy generators and "enhanced water".
- Instructional Dialogue: Between the author and Emmy.
- Instructional Title
- Mr. Exposition: The Author Avatar naturally assumes this role.
- To Discworld: The phrase "because of Quantum" pops up occasionally, as does the idea that Schrodinger's cat has three possible states: Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.
- To Star Trek: The evil alternate-universe squirrels feel the need to wear fake goatees; also, the Star Trek transporter gets constantly name-checked in the quantum teleportation chapter.
- To Gödel, Escher, Bach, or possibly to Zen Buddhism in general: Emmy constantly insists that she has Buddha-nature.
- Talking Animal: Emmy. The evil squirrel.
- The Watson: Emmy again.