The Demon and the Quantum: From the Pythagorean Mystics to Maxwell's Demon and Quantum Mystery / Edition 1

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"Robert Scully, a diesel mechanic, enjoys tormenting scientistswith demonic questions. Thereby he has produced a brilliant hiker'sguide to the galaxy of atomic physics. He offers fresh insightsinto quantum theory, especially its profound interplay withinformation science, delivered with startling clarity and exuberantverve. For hikers eager to trot onward, endnotes by his fatherMarlan, a distinguished physicist, provide spirited but docilemathematical horses." - Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Laureate,Chemistry, Harvard University

"I've read 'The Demon and the Quantum' with interest. The bookis impressive, with much careful history and personal stories ofearly scientists. The main scientific message is that the marriageof laser physics (i.e., the ammonia beam maser) and quantummechanics (i.e., the quantum eraser) resolves the Maxwell demonparadox. This is a deep insight worthy of contemplation." -Charles Townes, Nobel Laureate, Physics, Berkeley

"Packed with deep thought, full of fascinating history, 'TheDemon and the Quantum rips the veil from the deepest mysteries ofthe universe. Scully exhibits masterful command of his subject, thefundamental role of information in the cosmos." - Seth Lloyd,Author, "Programming the Universe", MIT

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"The Demon and the Quantum is accessible to a large spectrumof readers of PHYSICS TODAY; it is worthwhilereading…" (Physics Today, November 2008)

"The relation between information and our current understandingof quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics isprofound, subtle, and complex…" (CHOICE, May 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527406883
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/17/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlan O. Scully holds joint appointments at Texas A&M andPrinceton Universities. He is a member of the National Academy ofScience and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. During the course of hislife work on the foundations and applications of quantum mechanics,he has come to know many of the pioneers in the field and hascollected biographical material on them, which R. Scully has woveninto this book.

Robert J. Scully is a heavy equipment diesel mechanic living andworking in Irving, Texas, where he is employed by the CaterpillarCorporation. His academic connections include the University of NewMexico and the University of Texas at Dallas. He was a tank dieselmechanic in the marine corps from 1988 to 1993. Robert Scullywrites biographies for the National Academy of Sciences, includingone on William Hewlett of the Hewlett Packard Corporation and oneon quantum physicist Leonard Mandel.

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Table of Contents

1. Mathematics, Mysticism, and more
2. Mass in Motion
3. From Engines to Entropy: Carnot and Clausius develop theYardstick of Engine Efficiency
4. From Statistical Entropy to Statistical Time: Thermodynamicsevolves from being an Engineers' Tool to becoming a Philosophers'Gold Mine
5. Maxwell's Demon leads us to combine Consciousness, Entropy, andInformation
6. Quantum Mechanics I: From Micromagnets to Micromasers
7. Using Quantum Mechanics to Resolve the Maxwell DemonParadox
8. Quantum Mechanics II: The Wave Side of Particles and theParticle Side of Waves
9. From Wigner's Friend to Quantum Erasure: Of Wigner's Friends andtheir Amnesia
10. On Quantum Mechanics and the Big Questions

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