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Surfing the quantum world / Frank S. Levin.

Levin, Frank S., 1933- (författare)
ISBN 9780191846014
First edition.
Publicerad: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Engelska online resource (v, 284 sidor)
  • E-bok
Innehållsförteckning Sammanfattning Ämnesord
  • 1 The Nature of Science -- 2 The Nature of Light -- 3 The Reality of Atoms -- 4 The Quantum Hypothesis -- 5 The Nuclear Atom -- 6 Creating Quantum Mechanics -- 7 Quantum Boxes, Stringed Instruments -- 8 Quantum Theory -- 9 The Hydrogen Atom and Its Colorful Photons -- 10 Spin ½ and the Periodic Table -- 11 Interference Phenomena: Exploring the Essential Mystery -- 12 Macroscopic Manifestations of Quantum Mechanics -- 13 Quantum Tunneling -- 14 Entanglement and the Elements of Reality -- 15 Schrödinger’s Cat and the Meaning of It All. 
  • Surfing the Quantum World bridges the gap between in-depth textbooks and typical popular science books on quantum ideas and phenomena. Among its significant features is the description of a host of mind-bending phenomena, such as a quantum object being in two places at once or a certain minus sign being the most consequential in the universe. Much of its first part is historical, starting with the ancient Greeks and their concepts of light, and ending with the creation of quantum mechanics. The second part begins by applying quantum mechanics and its probability nature to a pedagogical system, the one-dimensional box, an analog of which is a musical-instrument string. This is followed by a gentle introduction to the fundamental principles of quantum theory, whose core concepts and symbolic representations are the foundation for most of the subsequent chapters. For instance, it is shown how quantum theory explains the properties of the hydrogen atom and, via quantum spin and Pauli’s Exclusion Principle, how it accounts for the structure of the periodic table. White dwarf and neutron stars are seen to be gigantic quantum objects, while the maximum height of mountains is shown to have a quantum basis. Among the many other topics considered are a variety of interference phenomena, those that display the wave properties of particles like electrons and photons, and even of large molecules. The book concludes with a wide-ranging discussion of interpretational and philosophic issues, introduced in Chapters 14 by entanglement and 15 by Schrödinger’s cat. 


Quantum theory  (LCSH)




QC174.12 (LCC)
530.12 (DDC)
Ucceb (kssb/8 (machine generated))
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