101 Quantum Questions

101 Quantum Questions

What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See

Book - 2011
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Ken Ford's mission is to help us understand the great ideas of quantum physics--ideas such as wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, superposition, and conservation. These fundamental concepts provide the structure for 101 Quantum Questions, an authoritative yet engaging book for the general reader in which every question and answer brings out one or more basic features of the mysterious world of the quantum--the physics of the very small. Nuclear researcher and master teacher, Ford covers everything from quarks, quantum jumps, and what causes stars to shine, to practical applications ranging from lasers and superconductors to light-emitting diodes. Ford's lively answers are enriched by Paul Hewitt's drawings, numerous photos of physicists, and anecdotes, many from Ford's own experience. Organized for cover-to-cover reading, 101 Quantum Questions also is great for browsing. Some books focus on a single subject such as the standard model of particles, or string theory, or fusion energy. This book touches all those topics and more, showing us that disparate natural phenomena, as well as a host of manmade inventions, can be understood in terms of a few key ideas.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780674050990
Branch Call Number: 530.12/FORD
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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May 09, 2012

Overall inquiry into quantum physics. Does not focus on any single aspect. Well written, concise and a good introduction to the theories and applications of the quantum.


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