Viser: Surfing the Quantum World
Detaljer Om Varen
- Hardback: 312 sider
- Udgiver: Oxford University Press (September 2017)
- ISBN: 9780198808275
The ideas and phenomena of the quantum world are strikingly unlike those encountered in our visual world. Surfing the Quantum World shows why and how this is so. It does this via a historical review and a gentle introduction to the fundamental principles of quantum theory, whose core conceptsand symbolic representations are used to explain not only "ordinary" microscopic phenomena like the properties of the hydrogen atom and the structure of the Periodic Table of the Elements, but also a variety of mind-bending phenomena. Readers will learn that particles such as electrons and photonscan behave like waves, allowing them to be in two places simultaneously, why white dwarf and neutron stars are gigantic quantum objects, how the maximum height of mountains has a quantum basis, and why quantum objects can tunnel through seemingly impenetrable barriers. Included among the variousinterpretational issues addressed is whether Schrodinger's cat is ever both dead and alive.
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