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  • 253 b/w illus. 101 colour illus.
  • Page extent: 370 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.92 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521564571 | ISBN-10: 0521564573)

Following the success of The Quantum Universe, first published in 1987, a host of exciting new discoveries have been made in the field of quantum mechanics. The New Quantum Universe provides an up-to-date and accessible introduction to the essential ideas of quantum physics, and demonstrates how it affects our everyday life. Quantum mechanics gives an understanding of not only atoms and nuclei, but also all the elements and even the stars. The book explains quantum paradoxes and the eventful life of Schroedinger's Cat, along with the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen paradox and Bell's Inequality. It then looks ahead to the nanotechnology revolution, describing quantum cryptography, quantum computing and quantum teleportation, and ends with an account of quantum mechanics and science fiction. Using simple non-mathematical language, this book is suitable for final-year school students, science undergraduates, and anyone wishing to appreciate how physics allows the new technologies that are changing our lives.

• A popular account of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics together with an up-to-date survey of its applications, from the authors of Einstein's Mirror • Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour images • First edition sold over 35,000 copies


Preface; 1. Waves versus particles; 2. Heisenberg and uncertainty; 3. Schroedinger and matter waves; 4. Atoms and nuclei; 5. Quantum tunnelling; 6. Pauli and the elements; 7. Quantum co-operation and superfluids; 8. Quantum jumps; 9. Quantum engineering; 10. Death of a star; 11. Feynman rules; 12. Weak photons and strong glue; 13. Afterword - quantum physics and science fiction; Epilogue; Appendices.


From reviews of the first edition: 'The Quantum Universe has a quotation from me in every chapter - but it's a damn good book anyway.' Richard P. Feynman

'A lively, informative read, beautifully illustrated, about the most powerful scientific theory known to mankind.' P. C. W. Davies

'… a pleasure to both the mind and eye.' Science

'This book will amaze, baffle and delight …'. Nature

'If you want a 'way in' to the most successful and wide-ranging theory devised by human ingenuity, read The Quantum Universe.' New Scientist

'If one is after a very readable, insightful and inspiring guide to the theory underpinning the 'quantum age', there is no need to look any further.' Chemistry World

'The book The New Quantum Universe by Hey and Walters … is an excellent semi-popular account of the quantum world. … personal profiles of people who have significantly contributed to this subject is frequently emphasized which I think is not only very entertaining but also very educational. … I found it very clearly and engagingly written. … I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all physicists. I also recommend it without reservation to all those interested in knowing why 'quantum' has become such a cool word recently, so much so that we now have quantum psychology, quantum healing, quantum evolution, quantum cleaning, quantum leaps, quantum car repair shops and a myriad of other uses and abuses of the ubiquitous word.' Contemporary Physics

'This book provides an extremely comprehensible introduction to the essential ideas of quantum physics. … the revised and updated version of the highly successful first edition, titled The Quantum Universe … They write with a rare clarity and vigour and give thorough explanations and examples. … Overall, this book makes an excellent introduction to the field for non-specialists and enjoyable leisure reading for scientists and engineers … I can only warmly recommend this book for all those who are interested in quantum effects.' Optics and Photonics

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