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Introducing Quantum Theory

by J. P. McEvoy, Oscar Zarate (Illustrator)

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Quantum theory confronts us with bizarre paradoxes which contradict the logic of classical physics. At the subatomic level, one particle seems to know what the others are doing, and according to Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle", there is a limit on how accurately nature can be observed. And yet the theory is amazingly accurate and widely applied, explaining all of chemistry and most of physics. "Introducing Quantum Theory" takes us on a step-by-step tour with the key figures, including Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrodinger. Each contributed at least one crucial concept to the theory. The puzzle of the wave-particle duality is here, along with descriptions of the two questions raised against Bohr's "Copenhagen Interpretation" - the famous "dead and alive cat" and the EPR paradox. Both remain unresolved.… (more)
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  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Pros
-Gives an understandable, detailed explanation of quantum physics.
-Pays the necessary attention to the backgrounds of the theory.
-Avoids unnecessary jargon.

Cons
- Neglects the mathematics of the theory
-Presumes some prior knowledge of Thermodynamics

A pretty good way to asses this book is to compare it to the Wikipaedia page on the topic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mechanics



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  Dulnath | Jun 27, 2021 |
Entertaining and interesting if like me you were introduced to quantum mechanics in high school chemistry but without mention of the original experimental motivations. Also nice to be given a sense of how various scientists struggled through the process of developing the theory. ( )
  encephalical | Dec 12, 2020 |
A fun and smart read

This brought back to mind a lot of concepts I studied in college, answered a lot of questions I had about Quantum Physics and was really fun to read. ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
Actually sort of useful ( not a good introduction at all, but, has illustrations of some of the expirements which most books don't ) ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
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Quantum theory is the most successful set of ideas ever devised by human beings.
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Quantum theory confronts us with bizarre paradoxes which contradict the logic of classical physics. At the subatomic level, one particle seems to know what the others are doing, and according to Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle", there is a limit on how accurately nature can be observed. And yet the theory is amazingly accurate and widely applied, explaining all of chemistry and most of physics. "Introducing Quantum Theory" takes us on a step-by-step tour with the key figures, including Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrodinger. Each contributed at least one crucial concept to the theory. The puzzle of the wave-particle duality is here, along with descriptions of the two questions raised against Bohr's "Copenhagen Interpretation" - the famous "dead and alive cat" and the EPR paradox. Both remain unresolved.

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