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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 two 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. Baffle yourself with the bizzareness of quantum tunneling, the equivalent of traveling partway up a hill, only to disappear then reappear traveling down the opposite side. With its clean, colorful layout and conversational tone, this text will hook you into the conundrum that is quantum mechanics.
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Theoretical physicist Al-Khalili (Univ. of Surrey) takes readers on a fascinating journey through the beauty and complexity of quantum mechanics, presenting a unique perspective on the understanding of how forces and particles interact and, specifically, why quantum theory remains an enigma. Al-Khalili writes in a conversational style using simple and clear language with very little mathematics, and he provides excellent graphics, simple experiments, and explanations of everyday applications. He also intersperses his text with quotes, illustrations, historical vignettes, and short essays written by prominent scientists. Readers will appreciate the author's personal interest in developing the cultural and historical context of quantum theory developments while at the same time challenging time-tested theories and scientific interpretations. He concludes by discussing current areas of quantum theory research and applications. This is mandatory reading for undergraduates with or without a science background. For college and large and medium-sized public libraries.-Ian Gordon, Brock Univ. Lib., St. Catharines, Ont. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780297843054
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/1903
  • Series: Mapping Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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