The Quantum Universe
(and Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)Book - 2012
Renders fundamental scientific principles in the area of quantum mechanics comprehensible and engaging, working through obscure and vague aspects to explain related natural world observations, how the quantum world was constructed, and why it is important.
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.
Written for general readers with an aptitude for science, this concise volume on quantum mechanics attempts to provide an accessible overview of the mysteries of the sub-atomic world. Beginning with a basic introduction to atoms and particles, the work discusses popular topics in quantum theory in a readable narrative style and provides diagrams and illustrations of key principles. Cox and Forshaw are professors of particle and theoretical physics at the University of Manchester and are the authors of a best-selling previous work, Why Does E=Mc2. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The authors of the best-selling Why Does E=MC2? render fundamental scientific principles in the areas of quantum mechanics comprehensive and engaging to lay readers, working through obscure and vague aspects to explain related natural world observations, how the quantum world was constructed and why it is important. 15,000 first printing.
The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the universe? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And how - for all its apparently counter-intuitive ideas - can we be sure that the theory is good? The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has lead to some woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness - but Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw reveal the simple and understandable theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world around us. From entangled twins to the incredible double-slit experiment, The Quantum Universe will give every reader the most up-to-date picture of that amazing subatomic world, where thousands of years of physics must be rewritten completely.