Beyond Measure

Modern Physics, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Quantum Theory

Author: J. E. Baggott

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198525363

Category: Science

Page: 379

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Quantum theory is one of the most important and successful theories of modern physical science. A fact all the more remarkable because quatum theory is a theory that few understand. Most academic textbooks on the subject are written for specialists, filled with complex jargon and dense mathematics. In contrast there are many popular presentations of the inherent 'weirdness' of the quantum world that are light on jargon and contain no mathematics.Together these presentations serve tocreate the impression that there are two theories - the 'serious, one and the 'wierd' one. Baggott successfully bridges the gulf between these presentations by grounding the discussion of the theory's profound problems directly in its mathematical formalism in a way that under-graduate students and interested individuals can follow.
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A Beginner's Guide to Reality

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014104232X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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A Beginner's Guide to Reality is an introduction to philosophy for people who don't read philosophy. Jim Baggott's sources range from Aristotle to The Matrix. He examines the major developments in Western philosophical thought on the nature of reality, at each of three levels - social, perceptual and physical. (Do money, colour, or photons exist?) The book systematically investigates these levels, peeling away the assumptions we make about those parts of reality that we take for granted.
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Quantum Theory

Author: Frank Close

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191025429

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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A century of extraordinary physics, explained in three fabulously readable books. How did theory, experiment, personalities, politics, and chance combine in the development of Quantum theory, and the discovery of the Higgs Boson - the so-called God Particle?
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Amazing Grace of Quantum Physics

Author: Dillard W. Faries

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532614225

Category: Science

Page: 282

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Science and faith have had a long intertwined history. The relationship has run the gamut from a total disconnect to an adversarial battleground where proponents of each claim total victory. However, if God created the physical world and remains active in the physical world, we cannot ignore the interaction nor can we assume or expect a world of conflict. While nineteenth-century physics brought classical physics--which quite reasonably divorced God and nature--to a culmination, twentieth-century physics, especially quantum physics, has opened a new realm of possible interactions. Even though one can reasonably say that no one understands quantum physics, the fruits of the discipline overflow the cornucopia. People of faith can share the feast; and people of science are welcome at the table of faith.
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The Quantum Story

A History in 40 Moments

Author: J. E. Baggott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199566844

Category: Science

Page: 469

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Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the twenty-first century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level. Niels Bohr claimed that anybody who is not shocked by the theory has not understood it. The American physicist Richard Feynman went further: he claimed that nobody understands it. The Quantum Story begins in 1900, tracing a century of game-changing science. Popular science writer Jim Baggott first shows how, over the space of three decades, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and others formulated and refined the theory--and opened the floodgates. Indeed, since then, a torrent of ideas has flowed from the world's leading physicists, as they explore and apply the theory's bizarre implications. To take us from the story's beginning to the present day, Baggott organizes his narrative around forty turning-point moments of discovery. Many of these are inextricably bound up with the characters involved--their rivalries and their collaborations, their arguments and, not least, their excitement as they sense that they are redefining what reality means. Through the mix of story and science, we experience their breathtaking leaps of theory and experiment, as they uncover such undreamed of and mind-boggling phenomenon as black holes, multiple universes, quantum entanglement, the Higgs boson, and much more. Brisk, clear, and compelling, The Quantum Story is science writing at its best. A compelling look at the one-hundred-year history of quantum theory, it illuminates the idea as it reveals how generations of physicists have grappled with this monster ever since.
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Quantum Mechanics

Its Early Development and the Road to Entanglement and Beyond

Author: Edward G Steward

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 191129864X

Category: Science

Page: 340

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This book provides the reader with an explanation of the origin and establishment of quantum mechanics together with a descriptive survey of developments up to the present day. The mathematics is presented in a digestible form yet following the original approach. This second edition presents two new chapters to supplement and extend the first edition material. “Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics” surveys a wide range of current topics, including the multiverse, 't Hooft's ideas for a deterministic local field theory, a summary of the de Broglie-Bohm pilot-wave theory and Anthony Valentini's development of it, and speculative concluding comments on the way ahead. “A Reflective Interlude” looks in more detail than hitherto at the origin and early years of wave-particle duality, with emphasis on trying to discover, as far as possible, what was the physical reality implied by de Broglie's work as it progressed. Appendices include useful reminder notes on associated background topics, with a new appendix “Planck Units”. With references to the original works, to reviews and useful bibliographies, the reader is uniquely well-equipped to delve further into the subject. In addition to its importance for those studying physics, this book is also intended for those studying the history of science. Contents: Setting the SceneLight: The 'Aether' and the Special Theory of RelativityThermal Radiation and Planck's 'Energy Elements'Einstein and the QuantumThe Quantum in the Atom: Optical SpectraEinstein's Transition Probabilities: Bohr's Theory and Planck's LawWave MechanicsMatrix MechanicsComplementarity, the Uncertainty Principle, and the Copenhagen InterpretationIndeterminacy and Entanglement (Sara M McMurry)A Reflective InterludeInterpretations of Quantum Mechanics (Sara M McMurry) Readership: Physicists, theoretical physicists, science historians and physical chemists.
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Higgs

The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle'

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199679576

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Explains the science behind the discover of the Higgs particle, also known as the God particle, and its implications for the future of science. 20,000 first printing.
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The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605987697

Category: History

Page: 584

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An epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding: the monumental race to build the first atomic weapons. Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, The First War of Physics is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's Farm Hall transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the soviet archives. Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1,’ August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb test. Why did physicists persist in developing the atomic bomb, despite the devastation that it could bring? Why, despite having a clear head start, did Hitler's physicists fail? Could the soviets have developed the bomb without spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies really plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb program? Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? The First War of Physics is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact.
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Atomic

The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848319932

Category: Science

Page: 576

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Spanning ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to ‘Joe-1’, the first Soviet atomic bomb test in August 1949, Atomic is the first fully realised popular account of the race between Nazi Germany, Britain, America and the Soviet Union to build atomic weapons. Rich in personality, action, confrontation and deception, Jim Baggott’s book tells an epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding.
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The First War of Physics

The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939–1949

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 145321836X

Category: History

Page: 590

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An epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding: the monumental race to build the first atomic weapons Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, The First War of Physics is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind’s most destructive weapon. A grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius, this tale is barely believable as fiction, but just happens to be historical fact.
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