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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

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 22mm | 200g
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 0306821443
  • 9780306821448
  • 70,488

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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Understanding the quantum world in the deep and satisfying way that we'd like to is not at all necessary to describe its workings with exquisite precision. It is this astonishingly accurate mathematical description of the consequences of a set of rules that, as strange as they may seem, actually work, that is the focus of Professors Cox and Forshaw's brief excursionThe Quantum Universe may not demystify quantum theory, but it does give the reader an idea of the size of the mountain the book is trying to climband a toe-hold or two to help get us started on our own ascent. Charleston Post and Courier, 2/19/12 "show more
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