Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know®

ISBN : 9780190250713

Michael Raymer
320 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
May 2017
What Everyone Needs to Know


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  • Presented in an easily accessible "question and answer" format
  • Illustrated with helpful drawings to demonstrate the quantum physics concepts the author describes

Around 1900, physicists started to discover particles like electrons, protons, and neutrons, and with these discoveries they believed they could predict the internal behavior of the atom. However, once their predictions were compared to the results of experiments in the real world, it became clear that the principles of classical physics and mechanics were far from capable of explaining phenomena on the atomic scale. With this realization came the advent of quantum physics, one of the most important intellectual movements in human history.
Today, quantum physics is everywhere: it explains how our computers work, how radios transmit sound, and allows scientists to predict accurately the behavior of nearly every particle in nature. Its application led to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson, and continues to be fundamental in the investigation of the broadest and most expansive questions related to our world and the universe. However, while the field and principles of quantum physics are known to have nearly limitless applications, the reasons why this is the case are far less understood. In "Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know," Michael Raymer distills the basic principles of such an abstract field, and addresses the many ways quantum physics is a key factor in today's scientific climate and beyond. The book tackles questions as broad as the definition of a quantum state and as specific and timely as why the British government plans to spend 270 million GBP on quantum technology research in the next five years. Raymer's list of topics is diverse, and showcases the sheer range of questions and ideas in which quantum physics is involved. From applications like data encryption and micro-circuitry to principles and concepts like Absolute Zero and Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle, "Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know" is wide-reaching introduction to a nearly ubiquitous scientific topic.


Chapter 1 - What is Quantum Physics? 
Chapter 2 - Quantum Measurement and Its Consequences 
Chapter 3 - Quantum Data Encryption 
Chapter 4 - Quantum Behavior and Its Description 
Chapter 5 - Sensing Gravity with Quantum Interference 
Chapter 6 - Quantum Possibilities as Waves 
Chapter 7 - Milestones and a Fork in the Road 
Chapter 8 - The End of Local Realism As a World View 
Chapter 9 - Quantum Entanglement and Teleportation 
Chapter 10- Quantum Computing 
Chapter 11 - Energy Quantization and Atoms 
Chapter 12 - Sensing Time, Motion, and Gravity with Quantum Technology 
Chapter 13 - Quantum Fields 
Chapter 14 - Lingering Questions and Awkwardness

About the author: 

Michael Raymer, Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
Dr. Mike Raymer is the Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Physics, University of Oregon.

I highly recommend Quantum Physics for its content and price to everyone." --Optics & Photonics News

"Quantum physics undermines all our cozy preconceptions about the nature of physical reality. Those seeking enlightenment and reassurance will find everything they need to know in Mike Raymer's excellent book." - Jim Baggott, author of The Quantum Story

"Quantum physics: it's weird, wonderful, and we now know useful, as Mike Raymer so ably demonstrates in this fascinating new book! He reveals how much of our modern technological world is enabled by quantum physics, from lasers to semiconductors. This book is a totally fascinating and readable account: a very accessible read for the general public." - Sir Peter Knight, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Imperial College London
"The author has explained [questions] in a "fiction" style suitable for a general audience with no background in physics ... I highly recommend Quantum Physics for its content and price to everyone." - Reva Garg, Optics & Photonics News

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