Quantum theory is the most stunningly successful and important scientific development of the last 300 years. A mathematical theory originally introduced by Max Planck in 1900, quantum theory is based on the idea that energy can be changed only in certain discrete amounts for a given system. It introduced a new world in which the certainties of classical physics were swept away. This world was explored by the giants of twentieth-century science: Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Richard Feynman, and others. Their study of quantum theory gave an uncannily accurate picture of this world. It also gave us many of the staples of modern life, such as lasers, atomic bombs, nuclear power plants, transistors, and computers.
Science Foundations explores the many methods scientists use to understand our world and the universe beyond. The titles in this series cover many important topics central to the study of earth, physical, chemical, and biological sciences, while presenting these subjects in an easy-to-read, functional style. From the tiniest quantum particle to the expansion of the universe, the books in the Science Foundations series provide excellent supplements to an extensive science curriculum.