Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World (Google eBook)

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, Jun 16, 2010 - Science - 400 pages
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Physics is a complex, even daunting topic, but it is also deeply satisfying—even thrilling. And liberated from its mathematical underpinnings, physics suddenly becomes accessible to anyone with the curiosity and imagination to explore its beauty. Science without math? It’s not that unusual. For example, we can understand the concept of gravity without solving a single equation. So for all those who may have pondered what makes blueberries blue and strawberries red; for those who have wondered if sound really travels in waves; and why light behaves so differently from any other phenomenon in the universe, it’s all a matter of quantum physics. Absolutely Small presents (and demystifies) the world of quantum science like no book before. It explores scientific concepts—from particles of light, to probability, to states of matter, to what makes greenhouse gases bad—in considerable depth, but using examples from the everyday world. Challenging without being intimidating, accessible but not condescending, Absolutely Small develops the reader’s intuition for the very nature of things at their most basic and intriguing levels.
  

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Review: Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

User Review  - Don Charlton - Goodreads

This book taught me more chemistry than I learned in high school. Sure, I learned all the definitions and standard stuff back then, but this book answered the WHY. For example, this book explains WHY ... Read full review

Review: Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

I rarely quit a book, but the description of the Schroedinger's cat concept was beyond disappointing. I'm far from a physicist, but I know enough to know I was wasting mt time. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Schrödingers Cat
1
Chapter 2 Size Is Absolute
8
Chapter 3 Some Things About Waves
22
Chapter 4 The Photoelectric Effect and Einsteins Explanation
36
Waves or Particles?
46
Chapter 6 How Big Is a Photon and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
57
Chapter 7 Photons Electrons and Baseballs
80
Chapter 8 Quantum Racquetball and the Color of Fruit
96
Diatomic Molecules
196
The Shapes of Polyatomic Molecules
221
Chapter 15 Beer and Soap
250
Chapter 16 Fat Its All About the Double Bonds
272
Chapter 17 Greenhouse Gases
295
Chapter 18 Aromatic Molecules
314
Chapter 19 Metals Insulators and Semiconductors
329
Chapter 20 Think Quantum
349

The History
118
Quantum Theory
130
Chapter 11 Many Electron Atoms and the Periodic Table of Elements
151
Chapter 12 The Hydrogen Molecule and the Covalent Bond
178
Glossary
363
Index
375
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MICHAEL D. FAYER, PH.D., (Stanford, CA) is the David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has won major prizes and honors in the fields of physics, chemistry, and molecular spectroscopy. He is the author of Elements of Quantum Mechanics.

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