The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)

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Da Capo Press, Jan 31, 2012 - Science - 255 pages
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In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible—and fascinating—to everyone.

The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the “weirdness” of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.

The quantum mechanics of The Quantum Universe provide a concrete model of nature that is comparable in its essence to Newton's laws of motion, Maxwell's theory of electricity and magnetism, and Einstein's theory of relativity.


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User Review  - amarcobio - LibraryThing

Good read. I enjoyed it. It explains quantum mechanics in a nice and simpke way. The authors use a model based on clocks to explain uncertainty and other quantum phenomena. The idea is neat, but I found it sometimes hard to follow. Read full review

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User Review  - SpaceyAcey - LibraryThing

Interesting. I like the explanation of the uncertainty principle, I always thought of it as something discovered by experiment rather than as a consequence of the model itself. This book's extremely ... Read full review


1 Something Strange Is Afoot
2 Being in Two Places at Once
3 What Is a Particle?
4 Everything That Can Happen Does Happen
5 Movement as an Illusion
6 The Music of the Atoms
7 The Universe in a Pinhead and Why We Dont Fall Through the Floor
8 Interconnected
9 The Modern World
10 Interaction
11 Empty Space Isnt Empty
the Death of Stars
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Brian Cox is a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester. He is a popular TV and radio presenter and lives in London.

Jeff Forshaw is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester and a recipient of the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal. He lives in Manchester, England.

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