101 Quantum Questions: What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See

101 Quantum Questions: What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See

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by Kenneth W. Ford, Paul Hewitt
     
 

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Ken Ford’s mission is to help us understand the “great ideas” of quantum physics—ideas such as wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, superposition, and conservation. These fundamental concepts provide the structure for 101 Quantum Questions, an authoritative yet engaging book for the general reader in which every question

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Ken Ford’s mission is to help us understand the “great ideas” of quantum physics—ideas such as wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, superposition, and conservation. These fundamental concepts provide the structure for 101 Quantum Questions, an authoritative yet engaging book for the general reader in which every question and answer brings out one or more basic features of the mysterious world of the quantum—the physics of the very small.

Nuclear researcher and master teacher, Ford covers everything from quarks, quantum jumps, and what causes stars to shine, to practical applications ranging from lasers and superconductors to light-emitting diodes. Ford’s lively answers are enriched by Paul Hewitt's drawings, numerous photos of physicists, and anecdotes, many from Ford’s own experience. Organized for cover-to-cover reading, 101 Quantum Questions also is great for browsing.

Some books focus on a single subject such as the standard model of particles, or string theory, or fusion energy. This book touches all those topics and more, showing us that disparate natural phenomena, as well as a host of manmade inventions, can be understood in terms of a few key ideas. Yet Ford does not give us simplistic explanations. He assumes a serious reader wanting to gain real understanding of the essentials of quantum physics.

Ken Ford's other books include The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone (Harvard 2004), which Esquire magazine recommended as the best way to gain an understanding of quantum physics. Ford's new book, a sequel to the earlier one, makes the quantum world even more accessible.

Editorial Reviews

New Scientist

Kenneth Ford's question-and-answer-style guide to the weirdness of the quantum realm is a clear and handy reference. Ford's easy-going prose will help you feel right at home at nature's tiniest and most counterintuitive scale.
— Amanda Gefter

Choice

This work provides the means for a lay reader to gain a basic understanding of much of the technical language and jargon that filters into popular accounts of quantum physics.
— D. B. Moss

New Scientist - Amanda Gefter
Kenneth Ford's question-and-answer-style guide to the weirdness of the quantum realm is a clear and handy reference. Ford's easy-going prose will help you feel right at home at nature's tiniest and most counterintuitive scale.
Choice - D. B. Moss
This work provides the means for a lay reader to gain a basic understanding of much of the technical language and jargon that filters into popular accounts of quantum physics.
Library Journal
The physics of the subatomic world is very different from the classical physics that explains the visible world. Physicist Ford's guide is presented in Q&A format and can be read as a reference or for pleasure. (LJ 3/15/11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674066076
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/22/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,288,953
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Kenneth W. Ford, retired director of the American Institute of Physics, has taught at university and high-school levels. His books include The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone and a memoir, In Love with Flying.

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101 Quantum Questions: What You Need to Know about the World You Can't See 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book based upon someone's recommendation. It is a good book to use as a reference guide along side a standard physics textbook but not as a teaching book on its own. As the book does not start off for a novice, you really need to have a solid science understanding in order to follow along and comprehend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explains things about Quantum physics that are typically overlooked in other books. I would highly recommend this to someone who is looking for an in-depth book into Quantum physics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago