Quantum: a Guide for the Perplexed.
This highly visual tour is an enlightening journey through the basics of subatomic physics and its practical consequences. An introductory chapter charts the short history of quantum mechanics through the work of Max Planck and Albert Einstein. Subsequent chapters introduce the weird and amazing concepts that underpin this field, from Schrodinger's cat and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to superposition and entanglement. Without taking a stand in favor of or against any particular interpretation of the field, Al-Khalili surveys the most prevalent views on how the building blocks of matter behave. Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2003. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003, 280 p., color photos/illus., hardcover, $24.95.
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|Date:||Sep 20, 2003|
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