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The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics - Daniel F. Styer

The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics


Published: 15th April 2000
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This is an exceptionally accessible, accurate, and nontechnical introduction to quantum mechanics. After briefly summarizing the differences between classical and quantum behavior, this engaging account considers the Stern-Gerlach experiment and its implications, treats the concepts of probability, and then discusses the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell's theorem. Coverage introduces the quantal interference and the concept of amplitudes, and also reveals the link between probabilities and the interference of amplitudes. Final chapters explore exciting new developments in quantum computation and cryptography, discover the unexpected behavior of a quantal bouncing-ball, and tackle the challenge of describing a particle with no position. Thought-provoking problems and suggestions for further reading are included. Suitable for use as a course text, The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics enables students to develop a genuine understanding of the domain of the very small. It will also appeal to general readers seeking intellectual adventure.

'Styer addresses a non-technical audience ... the book gives a clear account of Feynman's approach. At times this is quite compelling ... One valuable idea that I haven't seen before in this kind of book is the inclusion of challenging problems at the end of each chapter ... if you are looking for an original account of Feynman's approach, I can recommend this book.' Peter Holland, New Scientist 'When Dan Syter lays out quantum mechanics, I listen.' Edwin F. Taylor, winner of Oersted Medel 1998 'The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics not only provides a lively written, accurate and non-technical introduction to these basic concepts of quantum mechanics but also manages to bridge the gap from these basic concepts to modern developments which are still of topical interest for current research ... this book is an ideal source for any non-physicist with a strong interest in the central ideas of quantum mechanics ... thus The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics is also highly recommendable to students and even to experts as a complementary textbook.' G. Alber, Contemporary Physics

Classical magnetic needles
The Stern-Gerlach experiment
The conundrum of projections, repeated measurements
The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox
Variations on a theme by Einstein
Optical interference
Quantal interference
Working with amplitudes
Two slit inventions
Quantum cryptography
Quantum mechanics of a bouncing ball
The wavefunction
A brief history of quantum mechanics
Putting weirdness to work
General questions
Skeleton answers for selected problems
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ISBN: 9780521667807
ISBN-10: 0521667801
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 15th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.29