From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universeWhat are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, he takes us on a wondrous journey to show us that beyond our ever-changing idea of reality is a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.
Published by: Allen Lane | Publication date: 10/06/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 272 pages
From quarks to computing, this fascinating introduction covers every element of the quantum world in clear and accessible language. Drawing on a wealth of expertise to explain just what a fascinating field quantum physics is, Rae points out that it is not simply a maze of technical jargon and philosophical ideas, but a reality which affects our daily lives.
Published by: Oneworld Publications | Publication date: 07/01/2005Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 235 pages
In this international bestseller, Orzel explains the key theories of quantum physics, taking his dog Emmy’s anarchic behaviour as a starting point. Could she use quantum tunnelling to get through the neighbour’s fence? How about diffracting round a tree to chase squirrels? From quarks and gluons to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, this is a uniquely entertaining way to unlock the secrets of the universe.
Published by: Oneworld Publications | Publication date: 01/10/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 257 pages
The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is good? The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has led to some very woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness. Here, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw give us the real science, and reveal the profound theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world. This is our most up-to-date picture of reality.
Published by: Penguin | Publication date: 10/27/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Around 1900, physicists started to discover particles like electrons, protons, and neutrons, and with these discoveries believed they could predict the internal behavior of the atom. However, once their predictions were compared to the results of experiments in the real world, it became clear that the principles of classical physics and mechanics were far from capable of explaining phenomena on the atomic scale. With this realization came the advent of quantum physics, one of the most important intellectual movements in human history. Today, quantum physics is everywhere: it explains how our computers work, how lasers transmit information across the Internet, and allows scientists to predict accurately the behavior of nearly every particle in nature. Its application continues to be fundamental in the investigation of the most expansive questions related to our world and the universe.However, while the field and principles of quantum physics are known to have nearly limitless applications, the fundamental reasons why this is the case are far less understood. In Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know, quantum physicist Michael G. Raymer distills the basic principles of such an abstract field, and addresses the many ways quantum physics is a key factor in today's science and beyond. The book tackles questions as broad as the meaning of quantum entanglement and as specific and timely as why governments worldwide are spending billions of dollars developing quantum technology research. Raymer's list of topics is diverse, and showcases the sheer range of questions and ideas in which quantum physics is involved. From applications like data encryption and quantum computing to principles and concepts like "quantum nonlocality" and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know is a wide-reaching introduction to a nearly ubiquitous scientific topic.
Published by: Oxford University Press | Publication date: 06/05/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 332 pages
From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world.Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And yet it has been said that if you're not shocked by it, you don't understand it. But is quantum physics really so unknowable? Is reality really so strange? And just how can cats be half-alive and half-dead at the same time?Our journey into the quantum begins with nature's own conjuring trick, in which we discover that atoms -- contrary to the rules of everyday experience -- can exist in two locations at once. To understand this we travel back to the dawn of the twentieth century and witness the birth of quantum theory, which over the next one hundred years was to overthrow so many of our deeply held notions about the nature of our universe. Scientists and philosophers have been left grappling with its implications every since.
Published by: Weidenfeld & Nicolson | Publication date: 10/25/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Quantum theory confronts us with bizarre paradoxes which contradict the logic of classical physics. At the subatomic level, one particle seems to know what the others are doing, and according to Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle", there is a limit on how accurately nature can be observed. And yet the theory is amazingly accurate and widely applied, explaining all of chemistry and most of physics. "Introducing Quantum Theory" takes us on a step-by-step tour with the key figures, including Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrodinger. Each contributed at least one crucial concept to the theory. The puzzle of the wave-particle duality is here, along with descriptions of the two questions raised against Bohr's "Copenhagen Interpretation" - the famous "dead and alive cat" and the EPR paradox. Both remain unresolved.
Published by: Icon Books Ltd | Publication date: 06/05/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 176 pages
In The Theoretical Minimum, world-class physicist Leonard Susskind provided a brilliant first course in classical mechanics, offering readers not an oversimplified introduction but the real thing - everything you need to start doing physics, and nothing more. Now he returns with the next challenge that every aspiring physics buff must tackle: quantum mechanics. Unlike classical mechanics, quantum mechanics is not intuitive - it concerns things so small they are beyond the range of human senses. To understand quantum physics, you need to learn a whole new way of thinking, but then, Susskind reveals, you will discover that it is even more fundamental than classical mechanics. Unlike most popular physics books - which give readers a taste of what physicists know but not what they actually do - Susskind and his co-author Art Friedman teach the maths and equations that are essential to any real understanding of quantum mechanics. Combining crystal-clear explanations, witty and helpful dialogues, and basic exercises, Quantum Mechanics is, to paraphrase Einstein, as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Published by: Penguin | Publication date: 02/25/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Quantum Physics: Superstrings, Einstein & Bohr, Quantum Electrodynamics, Hidden Dimensions and Other Most Amazing Physics Theories - Ultimate Beginner's Guide - 3rd Edition
★☆★Welcome to Your First Quantum Physics Beginner's Guide!★☆★3rd Edition!Including Special ★BONUS★ content, right after ConclusionEver wondered about how light moves? What does it mean to study the smallest particles known to man? How does science measure the smallest particles in the world, such as atoms, protons, neutrons and electrons? What is ether and how did it become a source of debate in the scientific community?Studying the smallest particles known to man can be exciting work. This study of the world on the molecular level, particularly matter and energy, is the realm of Quantum Physics. Scientists use mathematical equations to help them explain the behavior of matter and energy within the Universe. If you have a curiosity about the world of Quantum Physics, but thought the science textbooks would be too much to absorb, this book is for you. With an overview of what Quantum Physics is, historical background into the scientists who created many of the theories that make up Quantum Physics, and a look at a few of those theories. Quantum Physics is more than the study of matter and energy, but dives into the behavior of matter and energy on a molecular level. Scientists use the information they gather through experiments, observation and continually more precise measuring tools to explain how the building blocks of our world work together.This book dives into a discussion of wave particle duality and how this theory has continued to mystify scientists even today. Or learn how a particle can appear to go through the wall, versus around it. Using light as an example, this book explains how wave particle duality was discovered, who was able to explain the multiple conflicting observations and finally, what scientists have used this information to create. Learn about Einstein and his disagreements with the scientists of his time over various theories in Quantum Physics. Get a better understanding of how theories within Quantum Physics relate to one another. Receive a basic understanding of the Unified Force Theory and how science is still working to prove this unique all-encompassing theory. Written in common man versus science speak, this book gives everyone a chance to get their toes wet as they learn the basics of a complex area of scientific study. Readers are very welcome to send their ideas, topics suggestions and questions to the author!★★★Limited Edition★★★Download your copy TODAY!
Publication date: 04/25/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 88 pages
Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition helps make quantum physics understandable and accessible. From what quantum physics can do for the world to understanding hydrogen atoms, readers will get complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help them tackle the tough equations. Compatible with classroom text books and courses, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition lets students study at their own paces and helps them prepare for graduate or professional exams. Coverage includes:
- The Schrodinger Equation and its Applications
- The Foundations of Quantum Physics
- Vector Notation
- Scattering Theory, Angular Momentum, and more
- Compatible with any classroom course — study at your own pace and prepare for graduate or professional exams
- Your journey begins here — understand what quantum physics is and what kinds of problems it can solve
- Know the basic math — from state vectors to quantum matrix manipulations, get the foundation you need to proceed
- Put quantum physics to work — make sense of Schrödinger's equation and handle particles bound in square wells and harmonic oscillators
- Solve problems in three dimensions — use the full operators to handle wave functions and eigenvectors to find the natural wave functions of a system
- Discover the latest research — learn the cutting-edge quantum physics theories that aim to explain the universe itself
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 08/20/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 336 pages