The Quantum Universe

The Quantum Universe : (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)

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In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible--and fascinating--to everyone.The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the "weirdness" of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.The quantum mechanics of The Quantum Universe provide a concrete model of nature that is comparable in its essence to Newton's laws of motion, Maxwell's theory of electricity and magnetism, and Einstein's theory of relativity.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Boston, MA, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0306819643
  • 9780306819643
  • 134,581

About Brian Cox

Brian Cox is a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester. He is a popular TV and radio presenter and lives in London.Jeff Forshaw is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester and a recipient of the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal. He lives in Manchester, England.show more

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"Clear language and description." Reference and Research Books News, April 2012"Discusses popular topics in quantum theory in a readable narrative style."Curled Up with a Good Book, 4/18/12"A fine attempt to make a complex and infinitely confusing subject more accessible to the average person...By the final chapter, you may find yourself as excited by the details of a dying star as the authors are. This book is an excellent introduction to the basic concepts of quantum mechanics, full of personality as well as information."WomanAroundTown.com, 4/12/12"[Cox and Forshaw are] masters at making the incomprehensible reasonably accessible...[and] the abstract more tangible. There is no doubt that this is not the book you keep in the bathroom for a quick read during commercial breaks in the big game, but it's well worth the time and effort it takes to grasp the concept of what makes our world tick." Science News, 4/21/12"Two physicists use simple analogies to explain the weird world of quantum theory."show more

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