Quantum Superposition: Counterintuitive Consequences of Coherence, Entanglement, and Interference / Edition 1

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A clear and engaging discussion

Written by a highly respected quantum physicist

Puzzling phenomena made comprehensible

Describes solutions to challenging quandries in physics

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Editorial Reviews

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From a review of the author's previous but related book 'More than One Mystery'

"Speaking as one with no math background at all and no formal training in physics, I still found this book fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. Silverman is something of a polymath, with wide-ranging interests, and he succeeds in bringing together concepts from different fields of study in unexpected but very fruitful ways. He surely must be a wonderful classroom teacher; his enthusiasm for his subject matter is contagious, and to say that his use of language in his writing is masterful is an understatement. …he is always engaging, and never dry. Throughout, his descriptions are a model of clarity, and the precision of his vocabulary in the simplest nontechnical sentences is awe-inspiring in its elegance. This is not a textbook, but any serious student of physics who doesn’t own a copy is missing out on an important book."


From the reviews:

"Quantum Superposition is an extensive revision of Silverman’s More than One Mystery: Explorations in Quantum Interference … . By looking at different forms of superposition, Silverman is able to explore a wide range of phenomena, and he is not shy about addressing controversial topics. The book includes discussions of Schrödinger’s cat, Wheeler’s delayed choice experiment, and macroscopic quantum interference. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and up." (E. Kincanon, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), August, 2008)

“‘Quantum Superposition. Counterintuitive Consequences of Coherence, Entanglement, and Interference’ is a thorough, consistent and well-written book on quantum mechanics that I also consider as the remarkable attempt of the author to put the fundamentally deep order onto the quantum mechanics’ wonderland around the phenomena of quantum interference that are originated from the quantum principle of superposition in its different facets. Undoubtedly and definitely, this book must be recommended for the general audience of readers who are interested in the fundamental grounds of quantum mechanics.” (Eugene Kryachko, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1183, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642090974
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Frontiers Collection Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark P. Silverman is Professor of Physics at Trinity College. After earning a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, he has pursued a wide range of research interests concerning the structure of matter, the properties of light, and the dynamics of stars and galaxies. He has held the Joliot Chair of Physics at the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles in Paris, was Erskine Professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and Chief Researcher at the Hitachi Advanced Research Laboratory (then) near Tokyo. Besides numerous articles on physics, Dr. Silverman has written of his educational experiments in "self-directed learning". For relaxation, he enjoys playing the flute and hiking in the mountains.

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Table of Contents

The Enigma of Quantum Interference.- Correlations and Entanglements I: Fluctuations of Light and Particles.- Correlations and Entanglements II: Interferometry of Correlated Particles.- Quantum Boosts and Quantum Beats.- Sympathetic Vibrations: The Atom in Resonant Fields.- Symmetries and Insights: The Circulating Electron in Electromagnetic Fields.- Chiral Asymmetry: The Quantum Physics of Handedness.- Condensates in the Cosmos: Quantum Stabilization of Degenerate Stars.

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