Oscar Zarate,J.P.McEvoy

Quantum Theory

Quantum theory confronts us with bizarre paradoxes which contradict the logic of classical physics. At the subatomic level, one particle seems to know what the others are doing, and according to Heisenberg's “uncertainty principle”, there is a limit on how accurately nature can be observed. And yet the theory is amazingly accurate and widely applied, explaining all of chemistry and most of physics. “Introducing Quantum Theory” takes us on a step-by-step tour with the key figures, including Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrodinger. Each contributed at least one crucial concept to the theory. The puzzle of the wave-particle duality is here, along with descriptions of the two questions raised against Bohr's “Copenhagen Interpretation” – the famous “dead and alive cat” and the EPR paradox. Both remain unresolved.
388 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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    Sean Rutledgeshared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Excellent choice of topics

Quotes

    Laman Valizadahas quoted2 years ago
    ) The Newtonian synthesis implied that all motion had a cause. If a body exhibited motion, one could always figure out what was producing the motion. This is simply cause and effect, which nobody really questioned.
    3) If the state of motion was known at one point – say the present – it could be determined at any other point in the future or even the past. Nothing was uncertain, only a consequence of some earlier cause. This was determinism
    Laman Valizadahas quoted2 years ago
    5) There are two physical models to represent energy in motion: one a particle, represented by an impenetrable sphere like a billiard ball, and the other a wave, like that which rides towards the shore on the surface of the ocean. They are mutually exclusive, i.e. energy must be either one or the other.

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