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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.
About the Author
John Gribbin gained a PhD from the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge (then under the leadership of Fred Hoyle), before working as a science journalist for Nature and later New Scientist. He is the ‘go to’ man for quantum physics and author of many bestselling popular science books, including Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution, In Search of the Multiverse, Science: A History and The Universe: A Biography. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
"A gripping account of the history of quantum mechanics and a clear description of its significance - and weirdness. Absolutely fascinating." - Isaac Asimov
"Precise yet mysterious... as beautiful as a poem and as exciting as a novel." - The Sunday Times
"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." - Niels Bohr
Prologue: Nothing Is Real
Part One: The Quantum
3. Light and Atoms
4. Bohr's Atom
Part Two: Quantum Mechanics
5. Photons and Electrons
6. Matrices and Waves
7. Cooking with Quanta
Part Three: ...And Beyond
8. Chance and Uncertainty
9. Paradoxes and Possibilities
10. The Proof of the Pudding
11. Many Worlds
Epilogue: Unfinished Business
Coda: Coming up to Date
ISBN: 9780552125550 ISBN-10: 0552125555 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 400 Published: 15th February 1985 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1