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The Mystery of the Quantum World - Euan J. Squires

The Mystery of the Quantum World

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Published: 1st January 1994
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Quantum mechanics stands as one of the most remarkable achievements of the 20th century, providing startling insight into the nature of matter and a spectacularly successful predictive theory. However, while the predictive ability of the quantum theory has been rigorously tested time and again, so that it now satisfies any criterion of reliability as a tool of scientific inquiry, fundamental difficulties remain with its interpretation.

The Mystery of the Quantum World, Second Edition introduces the philosophical issues raised by the success of the quantum theory and lucidly outlines the different points of view adopted by various physicists striving to understand the meaning underlying the theories used every day. The author encourages you to see how the most successful of physical theories is relevant to issues outside physics. Revised and expanded, this edition includes a new chapter that introduces the most important of the recent developments in quantum theory. The authoritative selection of topics ensures that readers already familiar with the first edition of the book will extend their knowledge of quantum theory, and those with no previous knowledge acquire an insight into this fascinating world.

Preface to the 2nd edition
Preface to the 1st edition
Acknowledgments
Reality in the Quantum World
Quantum Theory
Quantum Theory and External Reality
Consciousness
Hidden Variables and Non-locality
The Mysteries of the Quantum World
Recent Developments
Appendix 1 The potential barrier in classical mechanics
Appendix 2 A romantic interlude
Appendix 3 The probability function
Appendix 4 The wavefunction
Appendix 5 The hydrogen atom
Appendix 6 Interference, macroscopic states and orthogonality
Appendix 7 A gambling interlude
Appendix 8 Spin
Appendix 9 A music hall interlude
Index
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ISBN: 9780750301619
ISBN-10: 0750301619
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.15 x 16.05  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition