A Crash Course
Brian Clegg explores the development of quantum physics, explaining concepts such as the Many Worlds Interpretation, Schrödinger’s Cat and entanglement as well as its practical application in technology including lasers and MRI scanners. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
A Crash Course
Following a chapter exploring matter and light on an atomic level, this volume introduces different types of energy and the basics of quantum theory before concluding with the principles of motion and relativity. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
The Transformative Technology of the Qubit Revolution
Replacing a single bit of a traditional computer, which has a binary capacity of one or zero, with the almost infinitely more versatile qubit of quantum computing opens up tremendous potential processing power but there are significant problems in the practical realization of such machines. This introduction explains how the strange properties of the quantum world can be harnessed and examines the latest prototypes at the cutting edge of this technology.
Knowledge in a Nutshell
Historically, dual interpretations of physical phenomena as waves or particles became unified in quantum theory, which revolutionized views of the universe. However, topics such as Schrödinger’s (imaginary) cat and the double-slit experiment are notorious for being misinterpreted or badly explained. This illustrated guide by a NASA scientist aims to dispel confusion, while introducing key players such as Planck, Bohr and Feynman.
Through Two Doors at Once
The Elegant Experiment that Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality
A science writer with a gift for making the complicated comprehensible, Anil Ananthaswamy tells the story of quantum mechanics from the perspective of the seemingly simple, but utterly confounding double-slit experiment. He traces the various attempts to explain the enigma, from Thomas Young in 1793 to Richard Feynman, who described ‘the experiment with two holes’ as containing ‘all the mystery of quantum mechanics‘.
Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat
How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
Both Einstein and Schrödinger disagreed with the orthodox ‘Copenhagen interpretation’ of quantum theory, which posits the impossibility of determining a particle’s position and momentum at the same time, instead believing a deterministic solution was possible via a ‘unified field theory’. This biographical account of their numerous attempts at a theory follows the evolution of their thinking, from their days as young physicists to later life when their friendship was soured by a public feud.
The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything
The two great theories of modern physics – the general theory of relativity and quantum theory – were developed independently, yet they agree precisely. But how might these theories of the very large and very small be unified in a 'Theory of Everything'? John Gribbin describes the quest for the Holy Grail of physics, from the 'prehistory' of cosmology and astrophysics in the 19th century to the latest estimate of the age of the universe (13.8 billion years), released in 2015.