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The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen is a 2011 book by physicists Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw. The book aims to provide an explanation of quantum mechanics and its impact on the modern world that it accessible to a general reader. The authors say that "our goal in writing this book is to demystify quantum theory". Starting with the concepts of wave-particle duality and a non-technical description of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanices, the book explains the uncertainty principle, energy levels in atoms, the physics of semi-conductors and transistors, and the Standard Model of particle physics. A more mathematical Epilogue discusses the role of quantum mechanics in models of stellar evolution, and derives the Chandrasekhar limit for the maximum mass of a stable white dwarf.