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Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed
     

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

by Jim Al-Khalili
 

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In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes an entertaining and enlightening journey through the basics of subatomic physics

Along the way he examines the paradox of quantum mechanics—beautifully mathematical in theory but confoundingly unpredictable in the real world. Marvel at the Dual Slit experiment as a tiny atom passes through 2

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In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes an entertaining and enlightening journey through the basics of subatomic physics

Along the way he examines the paradox of quantum mechanics—beautifully mathematical in theory but confoundingly unpredictable in the real world. Marvel at the Dual Slit experiment as a tiny atom passes through 2 separate openings at the same time. Ponder the peculiar communication of quantum particles, which can remain in touch no matter how far apart. Join the genius jewel thief as he carries out a quantum measurement on a diamond without ever touching the object in question. With its clean, colorful layout and conversational tone, this text will hook you into the conundrum that is quantum mechanics.

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“Takes readers on a fascinating journey. Al-Khalili [uses] simple and clear language and he provides excellent graphics. This is mandatory reading for undergraduates with or without a science background.”  —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841882383
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Jim al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist and senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey. He has twice been nominated for the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award for the Public Understanding of Science and is the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges lecturer. He is the author of Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines and has appeared on Radio 4's Leading Edge and the BBC's Tomorrow's World and Horizon programs.

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