The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics

Author: Daniel F. Styer,Styer Daniel F.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521667807

Category: Science

Page: 154

View: 6164

DOWNLOAD NOW »

An exceptionally accessible, accurate and non-technical introduction to the core concepts of quantum mechanics.
Release

The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics

Author: Daniel F. Styer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521661041

Category: Science

Page: 170

View: 6004

DOWNLOAD NOW »

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.
Release

Quantum Physics

An Overview of a Weird World: A Primer on the Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Physics

Author: Marco Masi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783948295028

Category: Science

Page: 322

View: 5690

DOWNLOAD NOW »

A primer on the conceptual foundations of quantum physics for all. A course on topics that you won't find elsewhere, explained at introductory level. It is designed to be a comprehensive A-Z guide that will save you a ton of time in searching elsewhere trying to piece all the different information together.
Release

The Ghost in the Atom

A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics

Author: P. C. W. Davies,Julian R. Brown

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521457286

Category: Science

Page: 157

View: 2456

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Niels Bohr's dictum bears witness to the bewildering impact of quantum theory, flying in the face of classical physics and dramatically transforming scientists' outlook on our relationship with the material world. In this book Paul Davies interviews eight physicists involved in debating and testing the theory, with radically different views of its significance.
Release

Quantum Mechanics

The Theoretical Minimum

Author: Leonard Susskind,Art Friedman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465080618

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 1089

DOWNLOAD NOW »

From the bestselling author of The Theoretical Minimum, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics. First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics. In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The Theoretical Minimum, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Unlike other popularizations that shy away from quantum mechanics' weirdness, Quantum Mechanics embraces the utter strangeness of quantum logic. The authors offer crystal-clear explanations of the principles of quantum states, uncertainty and time dependence, entanglement, and particle and wave states, among other topics, and each chapter includes exercises to ensure mastery of each area. Like The Theoretical Minimum, this volume runs parallel to Susskind's eponymous Stanford University-hosted continuing education course. An approachable yet rigorous introduction to a famously difficult topic, Quantum Mechanics provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.
Release

In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat

Updated Edition

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144642376X

Category: Science

Page: 400

View: 6766

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an even more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, super conductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's Cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.
Release

Relativity for the Questioning Mind

Author: Daniel F. Styer

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801897599

Category: Science

Page: 184

View: 9766

DOWNLOAD NOW »

To those of us who are not mathematicians or physicists, Einstein’s theory of relativity often seems incomprehensible, exotic, and of little real-world use. None of this is true. Daniel F. Styer’s introduction to the topic not only shows us why these beliefs are mistaken but also shines a bright light on the subject so that any curious-minded person with an understanding of algebra and geometry can both grasp and apply the theory. Styer starts off slowly and proceeds carefully, explaining the concepts undergirding relativity in language comprehensible to nonscientists yet precise and accurate enough to satisfy the most demanding professional. He demonstrates how the theory applies to various real-life situations with easy equations and simple, clear diagrams. Styer's classroom-tested method of conveying the core ideas of relativity—the relationship among and between time, space, and motion and the behavior of light—encourages questions and shows the way to finding the answers. Each of the book’s four parts builds on the sections that come before, leading the reader by turn through an overview of foundational ideas such as frames of reference, revelatory examples of time dilation and its attendant principles, an example-based exploration of relativity, and explanations of how and why gravity and spacetime are linked. By demonstrating relativity with practical applications, Styer teaches us to truly understand and appreciate its importance, beauty, and usefulness. Featuring worked and end-of-chapter problems and illustrated, nontechnical explanations of core concepts, while dotted throughout with questions and answers, puzzles, and paradoxes, Relativity for the Questioning Mind is an enjoyable-to-read, complete, concise introduction to one of the most important scientific theories yet discovered. The appendixes provide helpful hints, basic answers to the sample problems, and materials to stimulate further exploration.
Release

Visual Quantum Mechanics

Selected Topics with Computer-Generated Animations of Quantum-Mechanical Phenomena

Author: Bernd Thaller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387227709

Category: Science

Page: 283

View: 9735

DOWNLOAD NOW »

"Visual Quantum Mechanics" uses the computer-generated animations found on the accompanying material on Springer Extras to introduce, motivate, and illustrate the concepts explained in the book. While there are other books on the market that use Mathematica or Maple to teach quantum mechanics, this book differs in that the text describes the mathematical and physical ideas of quantum mechanics in the conventional manner. There is no special emphasis on computational physics or requirement that the reader know a symbolic computation package. Despite the presentation of rather advanced topics, the book requires only calculus, making complicated results more comprehensible via visualization. The material on Springer Extras provides easy access to more than 300 digital movies, animated illustrations, and interactive pictures. This book along with its extra online materials forms a complete introductory course on spinless particles in one and two dimensions.
Release

Where Does The Weirdness Go?

Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange, But Not As Strange As You Think

Author: David Lindley

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780786725878

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 9393

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Few revolutions in science have been more far-reaching--but less understood--than the quantum revolution in physics. Everyday experience cannot prepare us for the sub-atomic world, where quantum effects become all-important. Here, particles can look like waves, and vice versa; electrons seem to lose their identity and instead take on a shifting, unpredictable appearance that depends on how they are being observed; and a single photon may sometimes behave as if it could be in two places at once. In the world of quantum mechanics, uncertainty and ambiguity become not just unavoidable, but essential ingredients of science--a development so disturbing that to Einstein "it was as if God were playing dice with the universe." And there is no one better able to explain the quantum revolution as it approaches the century mark than David Lindley. He brings the quantum revolution full circle, showing how the familiar and trustworthy reality of the world around us is actually a consequence of the ineffable uncertainty of the subatomic quantum world--the world we can't see.
Release

Superconductivity

The Next Revolution?

Author: Gianfranco Vidali

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521377577

Category: Science

Page: 165

View: 5982

DOWNLOAD NOW »

In this book Professor Vidali describes in plain, nontechnical terms how conventional superconductivity was discovered 80 years ago, why it took nearly fifty years to understand it, and the physical explanation of why it exists. He chronicles the developments that led up to the discovery of high temperature superconducting materials, and describes the excitement generated by announcements of the new discoveries in 1987 at a scientific conference that became known as the "Woodstock of physics". Finally, he speculates on possible future applications of these new materials.
Release