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Quantum Physics
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Online publication date: September 2009
  • Print publication year: 2004
  • Online ISBN: 9780511535284

Book description

Quantum physics is believed to be the fundamental theory underlying our understanding of the physical universe. However, it is based on concepts and principles that have always been difficult to understand and controversial in their interpretation. This book aims to explain these issues using a minimum of technical language and mathematics. After a brief introduction to the ideas of quantum physics, the problems of interpretation are identified and explained. The rest of the book surveys, describes and criticises a range of suggestions that have been made with the aim of resolving these problems; these include the traditional, or 'Copenhagen' interpretation, the possible role of the conscious mind in measurement, and the postulate of parallel universes. This new edition has been revised throughout to take into account developments in this field over the past fifteen years, including the idea of 'consistent histories' to which a completely new chapter is devoted.

Reviews

‘Slim, lively, informal and immensely readable.’

Paul Davies Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘Describes the profound mysteries of interpretation and philosophy which still shroud any understanding of the quantum world.’

Source: New Scientist

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