Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality

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Overview


Quantum physics is often perceive as a weird and abstract theory, which physicists must use in order to make correct predictions. But many recent experiments have shown that the weirdness of the theory simply mirrors the weirdness of phenomena: it is Nature itself, and not only our descriptions of it that behaves in an astonishing way. This book selects those, among these typical quantum phenomena, whose rigorous description requires neither the formalism, not an important background in physics. The first part of the book deals with the phenomenon of single-particle interference, covering the historical questions of wave-particle duality, objective randomness and the boundary between the quantum and the classical world, but also the recent idea of quantum cryptography. The second part introduces the modern theme of entanglement, by presenting two-particle interference phenomena and discussing Bell's inequalities. A concise review of the main interpretations of quantum physics is provided.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198570479
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,368,306
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 At the heart of the problem 3
2 Let's step back 12
3 Dimensions and boundaries 24
4 Authority contradicted 37
5 A nice idea 45
6 Indistinguishability at a distance 57
7 On the origin of correlations 67
8 Orsay, Innsbruck, Geneva 81
9 Attempts at explanation 89
10 In my end is my beginning 100
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