Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, May 30, 2002 - Science - 128 pages
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Quantum 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 sub-atomic 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 pocket-sized 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)

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Polkinghorne's preface opens with this statement: “The discovery of modern quantum theory in the mid-1920s 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 - Goodreads

For 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

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Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
Chapter 1Classical cracks
Chapter 2The light dawns
Chapter 3Darkening perplexities
Chapter 4Further developments
Chapter 5Togetherness
Chapter 6Lessons and meanings
Further reading
Glossary
Mathematical appendix
Index
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