9780553342536

In Search of Schrodinger's Cat

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  • ISBN13:

    9780553342536

  • ISBN10:

    0553342533

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 8/1/1984
  • Publisher: Bantam

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Summary

For better science students, this is an introduction to and explanation of quantum physics.

Author Biography

After completing his PhD in astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, John Gribbin worked for five years on the editorial staff of the journal Nature, chiefly responsible for the daily Science Report in the Times. He left in 1975 to join the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex, working in the "futures" team on a study of the likely impact of climatic change on world food supplies. A book about the work of SPRU-Future Worlds-was the main result of this three-year stint. Since 1978, John Gribbin has been Physics Consultant to the weekly magazine New Scientist. His books published to date range from astronomy through geophysics and climatic change to human evolution, and include two novels written jointly with Douglas Orgill. They included White Holes (1977), Timewarps (1979), Genesis: The Origins of Man and the Universe (1981) and The Monkey Puzzle (co-author with Jeremy Cherefas, 1982): the novels are The Sixth Winter (1979) and Brother Esau (1982). As well as being a consultant to New Scientist, John Gribbin contributes to the "Futures" section of the Guardian and to broadcasts on the BBC World Service, British Forces Radio, and occasionally on the BBC's domestic services. His interest in the puzzle of gravity and warped spacetime goes back to his student days in Cambridge, when he won two awards for work on these themes. Married with two sons, John Gribbin was born in 1946 and lives in Lewes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction xv
Prologue: Nothing Is Real 1(6)
PART ONE THE QUANTUM
Light
7(12)
Atoms
19(14)
Light and Atoms
33(18)
Bohr's Atom
51(30)
PART TWO QUANTUM MECHANICS
Photons and Electrons
81(20)
Matrices and Waves
101(22)
Cooking with Quanta
123(32)
PART THREE ...AND BEYOND
Chance and Uncertainty
155(22)
Paradoxes and Possibilities
177(38)
The Proof of the Pudding
215(20)
Many Worlds
235(20)
Epilogue: Unfinished Business 255(22)
Bibliography 277(14)
Index 291

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