ISBN : 9780190250713
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
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"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