The Ghost in the Atom: A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 1993 - Science - 157 pages
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Quantum physics, born in the first quarter of this century, dominates modern physical science, yet this supremely successful theory is built on foundations that appear to defy common sense. The interpretation of the quantum theory, and the attempted resolution of its paradoxes, remain highly controversial. There has been a resurgence of interest in these fundamental issues, stimulated by the outcome of a key experiment in 1982 which seemed to contradict once and for all Einstein's belief that God does not play dice with the universe.
 

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User Review  - dpf - LibraryThing

Fascinating interviews. The introduction is an excellent overview of some of the different interpretations of quantum mechanics. The intro also has a nice discussion of some of the key paradoxes or riddles of quantum mechanics. Read full review

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User Review  - BrendanCarroll - LibraryThing

Good for the quantum physics enthusiast who is not a scientist or a mathematician. Fascinating read. Read full review

Contents

The strange world of the quantum
1
Origins
2
Waves or particles?
5
What does it all mean?
11
The EinsteinPodolskyRosen EPR experiment
13
Bells theorem
15
Aspects experiment
17
The nature of reality
20
Alain Aspect
40
John Bell
45
John Wheeler
58
Rudolf Peierls
70
David Deutsch
83
John Taylor
106
David Bohm
118
Basil Hiley
135

The paradox of measurement
26
Schrodingers cat paradox and worse
28
The pragmatic view
31
The manyuniverses interpretation
34
The statistical interpretation
38
Glossary
149
Further reading
154
Index
155
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