Quantum Theory: A Very Short IntroductionQuantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the subatomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, probabilistic physics, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocketsized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. 
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Review: Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #69)
User Review  Bob Nichols  GoodreadsPolkinghorne's preface opens with this statement: “The discovery of modern quantum theory in the mid1920s brought about the greatest revision in our thinking about the nature of the physical world ... Read full review
Review: Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #69)
User Review  Rob Smit  GoodreadsFor me quantum theory is one of the most fascinating areas of science, partly because it's so incredibly weird. And Polkinghorne does a very good job explaining the weirdness for the interested layman ... Read full review
Contents
Chapter 2The light dawns  
Chapter 3Darkening perplexities  
Chapter 4Further developments  
Chapter 5Togetherness  
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