Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

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In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes you on 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 ...

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Overview

In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes you on 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.

“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841882383
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 391,324

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    I hate equations. I hate math. So how does one learn about Quantum Physics? By reading this book, that's how. If you liked Dr Al-Khalili's TV shows, then you will like this book. You haven't seen Dr Al-Khalili on TV? And who is Jim Al-Khalili anyway? Well, he's a physicist who knows how to explain difficult topics and also make them entertaining, just like his excellent TV documentaries. And there are no equations! OK, maybe one equation, but it's dissected and explained nicely. Excellent illustrations and interesting text. This is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    great book it says everything if you are not an expert

    this books shows how the quantum world works and its wierdness .It beguins by explainig the two-slit trick without saying its secret then it explains everything about wavefunctions and finally it says how the two-slit experiment works,but i'm focusing too much on the two slit experiment , the book talks about everything and explains it with careful detail making it easy to understand for undergraduates

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