Quantum Physics: an overview of a weird world: A primer on the conceptual foundations of quantum physics for all
A simple introduction to the scientific principles of a complex topic which meaning and interpretation never ceases to puzzle and surprise. A very comprehensive A-Z guide with figures and graphs that illustrate the deeper meaning of the concepts and that you won't find elsewhere. It explains at an introductory level the weirdness and the paradoxes of quantum physics, beginning from first principles up to the modern state of the art experiments. For the autodidact who is looking for something which furnishes a general knowledge on quantum physics and that will save you a ton of time in searching elsewhere trying to piece all the different information together. Not just a ‘quantum physics for dummies‘ but also a deeper account that summarizes the experiments as also the philosophical arguments and remains nevertheless accessible to all. Considering how the media (sometimes also physicists) present quantum theory focusing only on highly dubious ideas and speculations backed by no evidence or, worse, promote pseudo-scientific hypes that fall regularly into and out of fashion, this book fills a void: that of a serious introduction to the conceptual foundations of quantum physics, as it really is, and avoiding vulgarized oversimplifications.One of the primary motivations of the author was to span an 'arch of knowledge' accessible to all, but without falling into the temptation from taking a too one-sided account of the subject. He refrained, therefore, from focusing too much on his personal preferences, something that otherwise would have spoiled the intention of making this a primer. It is instead first and foremost an effort to provide the reader with the widest possible background on all the basics that everyone interested in quantum physics should have. A primer that the public finally deserves.What is the impact of quantum mechanics on our understanding of the world? What is reality according to quantum physics? What is the wave-particle duality? These and many other questions will be addressed by a step-by-step journey into the weird world of quantum physics. From the surprising double slit experiment, the fuzzy world of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the weird Schrödinger's cat paradox, the 'spooky action at a distance' of quantum entanglement and the EPR paradox and much more is explained, without forgetting their main contributors such as Planck, Einstein, Bohr and Feynman who struggled themselves to come up with the mysterious quantum realm. But this manual does not stop there: it furnishes an up-to-date summary of the discoveries of the past decades as well, such as the "which-way", "quantum-erasure" or "quantum-teleportation" experiments. A guide for all those who always have been attracted by the fascinating quantum reality and wanted to understand its principles, even if they are not physicists, but found only advanced level university courses or attempts that tried to impress the reader with hyped or superficial popular science. A primer that wants to convey what quantum physics really is about but that does not presuppose a technical preparation, and yet furnishes the most rigorous and advanced account as far an (almost) non-mathematical exposition allows for. Since in schools, colleges and universities, quantum physics is taught with a dry and mostly technical approach which furnishes only a superficial insight on its foundations, this book is recommended also to school, undergraduate, graduate students and physicists who would like to look beyond.
Publication date: 08/30/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition
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 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.
Published by: Basic Books | Publication date: 02/25/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 386 pages
The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universeEvery physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.
Published by: Basic Books | Publication date: 03/20/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Amazon #1 Best Seller"It's very useful to have a unified overview of what we know, collected and recounted in one place. The Cosmic Machine will introduce you to the basic principles by which today's physicists organize the world." -Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself "A superb resource for science fans or those struggling to understand the subject; an impressive fit in an age of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson web videos." -Kirkus Reviews "The Cosmic Machine succeeds on all accounts." -Midwest Book ReviewEnergy, Entropy, Atoms, and Quantum Mechanics form the very foundation of our universe. But how do they govern the world we live in? What was the difficult path to their discovery? Who were the key players that struggled to shape our current understanding?The Cosmic Machine takes you from the earliest scientific inquiries in human history on an exciting journey in search of the answers to these questions. In telling this fascinating story of science, the reader is masterfully guided through the wonderment of how scientific discoveries (and the key players of those discoveries) shaped the world as we know it today. With its unique blend of science, history, and biographies, The Cosmic Machine provides an easily accessible account without sacrificing the actual science itself. Not only will this book engage, enlighten, and entertain you, it will inspire your passion and curiosity for the world around us.
Published by: Zoari Press | Publication date: 08/15/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 360 pages
A new edition of the New York Times bestseller—now a three-part Nova special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter.Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory—made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists—The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas—is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything.Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 01/08/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 447 pages
When physics professor Chad Orzel went to the pound to adopt a dog, he never imagined Emmy. She wasn’t just a friendly mutt who needed a home. Soon she was trying to use the strange ideas of quantum mechanics for the really important things in her life: chasing critters, getting treats, and going for walks. She peppered Chad with questions: Could she use quantum tunneling to get through the neighbor’s fence and chase bunnies? What about quantum teleportation to catch squirrels before they climb out of reach? Where are all the universes in which Chad drops steak on the floor? With great humor and clarity, Chad Orzel explains to Emmy, and to human readers, just what quantum mechanics is and how it works—and why, although you can’t use it to catch squirrels or eat steak, it’s still bizarre, amazing, and important to every dog and human.
Published by: Scribner | Publication date: 12/03/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 257 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
Quantum physics explores the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller levels. Idiot's Guides: Quantum Physics makes this very complex topic easy to understand. It skips the complicated math and dives right into all the concepts, paradoxes, thought experiments, and implications that make quantum mechacs so fascinating to armchair science buffs. Topics covered include:- Quantum vs. classical physics- A look at the smallest known particles- How the tiniest particles behave both as particles and waves- The famous double-slit experiment- Quantum wave function- The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle- How particles can be in multiple places at once- Quantum entanglement- The Schrodinger's cat thought experiment- Competing interpretations of quantum physics- The Copenhagen interpretation and need for an observer- The role of consciousness in quantum theory- The Many Worlds interpretation and parallel universes- Building a quantum computer- Quantum gravity and the search for a theory of everything
Published by: Alpha | Publication date: 01/06/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 355 pages
How would you like to experience your life? It’s an intriguing question, and yet we’ve been conditioned to believe our life visions and goals are often unattainable—until now. With The Possibility Principle, psychotherapist Mel Schwartz offers a revolutionary approach to living the life we choose. Though science has vastly expanded our knowledge, it has also led us to adopt a worldview where we see ourselves as insignificant specks living in a mechanical universe. Now, insights from quantum physics reveal that our universe is, in fact, a vibrantly intelligent reality and that each of us plays a vital role in shaping it. In this groundbreaking book, Schwartz shows us how to integrate this new quantum worldview into our everyday lives, allowing us to transcend our limitations and open to infinite possibilities. The Possibility Principle reveals how we can apply the three core tenets of quantum physics—inseparability, uncertainty, and potentiality—to live the life we choose, free from the wounds of our past and the constraints of our old beliefs. You can learn to:
- Develop a mastery of your thinking as you free yourself from the replication of old thought patterns
- Utilize the concept of wave collapse to realize that you are not imprisoned by your genes, brain chemistry, or past traumas
- Overcome anxiety and depression through a shift of mind
- Thrive in resilient relationships and develop powerful communication skills that foster empowerment and intimate connection
- Embrace uncertainty to ride the waves of personal change
Published by: Sounds True | Publication date: 08/31/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 200 pages