And Yet It Moves: Strange Systems and Subtle Questions in Physics

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Drawn from the author's research, this nonmathematical account of strange behaviour, both classical and quantum, exhibited by moving particles, fluids and waves, describes physical systems whose behavior provokes surprise and challenges the imagination.
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Overview

Drawn from the author's research, this nonmathematical account of strange behaviour, both classical and quantum, exhibited by moving particles, fluids and waves, describes physical systems whose behavior provokes surprise and challenges the imagination.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521446310
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/1993
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The fire within
Ch. 1 The unimaginably strange behaviour of free electrons 1
1.1 Variations on 'the only mystery' 1
1.2 Electron interference in a space with holes 14
1.3 The two-electron quantum interference disappearing act 33
1.4 Heretical correlations 43
Ch. 2 Quantum beats and giant atoms 64
2.1 The light from atomic 'pulsars' 64
2.2 Anomalous reversals 79
2.3 Quantum implications of travelling in circles 94
2.4 Long-distance beats 110
Ch. 3 And yet it moves: exotic atoms and the invariance of charge 120
3.1 A commotion about motion 120
3.2 The electric charge of a moving electron 127
3.3 The exotic atom 132
3.4 Epilogue: marking time with planetary atoms 138
Ch. 4 Reflections on light 140
4.1 Exorcising a Maxwell demon 140
4.2 Enhanced reflection: how light gets brighter when it is up against a wall 144
4.3 Left- and right-handed reflection 163
Ch. 5 Two worlds, large and small: Earth and atom 184
Ch. 6 The Wirbelrohr's roar (...or rather whistle) 221
Ch. 7 Science and wonder 242
Selected papers by the author 252
Index 263
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