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Overview

This is an exceptionally accessible, accurate, and nontechnical introduction to quantum mechanics. After briefly summarizing the differences between classical and quantum behavior, this engaging account considers the Stern-Gerlach experiment and its implications, treats the concepts of probability, and then discusses the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell's theorem. Coverage introduces the quantal interference and the concept of amplitudes, and also reveals the link between probabilities and the interference of amplitudes. Final chapters explore exciting new developments in quantum computation and cryptography, discover the unexpected behavior of a quantal bouncing-ball, and tackle the challenge of describing a particle with no position. Thought-provoking problems and suggestions for further reading are included. Suitable for use as a course text, The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics enables students to develop a genuine understanding of the domain of the very small. It will also appeal to general readers seeking intellectual adventure.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Holland
If you are looking for an original account of Feynman's approach, I recommend this book.
Nature Magazine
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"...gives a clear account of Feynman's approach. At times this is quite compelling....If you are looking for an original account of Feynman's approach, I recommend this book." Nature

"Strange World is well-written, engaging, pared-down, precise and accurate on technical matters; it conveys the author's enthusiasm for the subject well, and is a product of careful thought and successful pedagogy." American Journal of Physics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521667807
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 393,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Classical magnetic needles; 3. The Stern-Gerlach experiment; 4. The conundrum of projections; repeated measurements; 5. Probability; 6. The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox; 7. Variations on a theme by Einstein; 8. Optical interference; 9. Quantal interference; 10. Amplitudes; 11. Working with amplitudes; 12. Two slit inventions; 13. Quantum cryptography; 14. Quantum mechanics of a bouncing ball; 15. The wavefunction; Appendix A: a brief history of quantum mechanics; Appendix B: putting weirdness to work; Appendix C: sources; Appendix D: general questions; Appendix E: bibliography; Appendix F: skeleton answers for selected problems; Index.
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