The Quantum Dice

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Science - 256 pages
"Real black magic calculus" is how Albert Einstein described quantum mechanics in a letter in 1925. Quantum mechanics is now rather more widely understood by physicists, but still many "outsiders" are unaware of what quantum mechanics is, how it has changed the course of development of physics and how it affects their everyday lives. This book gives a fascinating account of the evolution of the ideas and concepts of quantum theory and modern physics, written by an "insider" but aimed specifically at the general science reader. Many anecdotes from famous past physicists give an insight into their work and personalities. The many illustrations are an important and attractive feature of the book.
Leonid Ponomarev is a leading theoretical physicist. His deep understanding of the subject is allied with his wide knowledge of history, literature and philosophy to produce this history of the development of modern physics and its impact on our lives.
 

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Contents

Preface
19
Chapter
25
Quantumalia
33
Chapter Three
39
Chapter Five
63
Table of Elements
69
Chapter Six
79
Quantumalia
86
Results
145
Pierre and Marie Curie
151
Chapter Thirteen
158
Nuclear Binding Energy
166
The Neutron
172
Quantumalia
178
Effective Crosssections of Reactions
184
40
188

OpticalMechanical Analogy
92
Chapter Eight
99
Quantum Truth
105
Uncertainty Relation
111
Quantumalia
117
Probability Waves
123
Probability and Atomic Spectra
126
Chapter Eleven
136
Chapter Sixteen
192
The Atomic Bomb
206
41
218
Crucibles of Elements
220
Chapter Nineteen
235
44
249
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