Quantum Physics: A Beginner's GuideAs Alastair Rae points out in his introduction, "quantum physics is not rocket science". It may have gained a reputation as the theory that no one really understands, but its practical applications are all around us in everyday life. If it were not for quantum physics, computers would not function, metals would not conduct electricity, and the power stations that heat our homes would not produce energy. Assuming no prior scientific or mathematical knowledge, this clear and concise introduction provides a stepbystep guide to quantum theory, right from the very basic principles to the most cuttingedge developments, such as superfast computers and unbreakable codes, which could soon become reality. Finally, Rae turns to the philosophical questions posed by quantum physics and asks: if Einstein was wrong and God really does play dice, what are the consequences of this for the way we view ourselves and our relation to the world? Written by one of the most respected authors in the field, this authoritative and readable guide will be suitable for anyone wishing to gain a clearer understanding of one of the key scientific discoveries of our time. 
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User Review  Jeffrey Hendrix  GoodreadsA great introduction to the world of Quantum Physics. I really enjoyed this book, it was very thought provoking, and interesting to delve into. I'm an Electrical Engineer, so I've taken a fair amount ... Read full review
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User Review  Hanna  GoodreadsThe book itself is nice, though it's a bit too technical for me. I just wanted to explore Quantum Physics' concepts as I was always interested in it, but I guess I really need to work on my classical ... Read full review
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Mathematics  4 
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A first look at quantum objects  16 
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