Quantum Physics: Illusion or Reality? (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 7, 2004 - Science
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Quantum physics is believed to be the fundamental theory underlying our understanding of the physical universe. However, it is based on concepts and principles that have always been difficult to understand and controversial in their interpretation. This book aims to explain these issues using a minimum of technical language and mathematics. After a brief introduction to the ideas of quantum physics, the problems of interpretation are identified and explained. The rest of the book surveys, describes and criticises a range of suggestions that have been made with the aim of resolving these problems; these include the traditional, or 'Copenhagen' interpretation, the possible role of the conscious mind in measurement, and the postulate of parallel universes. This new edition has been revised throughout to take into account developments in this field over the past fifteen years, including the idea of 'consistent histories' to which a completely new chapter is devoted.
  

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Contents

Quantum physics
1
Which way are the photons pointing?
19
What can he hidden in a pair of photons?
34
Wonderful Copenhagen?
52
ls it all in the mind?
67
Many worlds
83
is it a matter of size?
95
Backwards and forwards
109
Only one way forward?
120
Can we he consistent?
128
1llusion or reality?
139
Further reading
149
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Page viii - Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past.
Page viii - Relativity: I like relativity and quantum theories because I don't understand them and they make me feel as if space shifted about like a swan that can't settle, refusing to sit still and be measured; and as if the atom were an impulsive thing, always changing its mind.

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Alastair Rae has been a Lecturer, a Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Quantum Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Birmingham from 1967-2003.

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