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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction by…

Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2002)

by John Polkinghorne

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A decent introduction to quantum theory, with some nice detail about the personalities involved in its discovery. However, the section on "further developments" felt rushed, and the mathematical formalism was both ignored in the main text and too brief in exposition in the appendix ; consequences of being a _very short_ introduction. ( )
  neuroklinik | Feb 14, 2015 |
No forumlas are included in the text, which is useful for the beginner (like me) who might be a little intimidated by mathematical notation. All the formulas are included in the appendix instead for more advanced readers. There are lots of nice analogies and diagrams to help understanding. I can't say I understood it all completely, but it was an enjoyable and interesting book. ( )
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I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics
Richard Feynman
To the memory of
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
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Chapter 1
Classical cracks
The first flowering of modern physical science reached its culmination in 1687 with the publication of Isaac Newton's Principia.
Preface:  The discovery of modern quantum theory in the mid-1920's brought about the greatest revision in our thinking about the nature of the  physical world since the days of Isaac Newton.
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The light dawns
The years following Max Planck's pioneering proposal were a time of confusion and darkness for the physics community. Light was waves; light was particles.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192802526, Paperback)

Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, probabilistic physics, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed. This volume offers the reader access to one of the greatest discoveries in the history of physics and one of the outstanding intellectual achievements of the twentieth century.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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