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In search of Schrödinger's cat : quantum physics and reality

Author: John Gribbin
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1984.
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An astrophysicist offers an introduction to the theoretical principles, practical applications, and far-reaching implications of quantum physics and quantum mechanics.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gribbin, John R.
In search of Schrödinger's cat.
Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1984
(OCoLC)623135724
Named Person: Erwin Schrödinger; Erwin Schrödinger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gribbin
ISBN: 0553341030 9780553341034 0553342533 9780553342536
OCLC Number: 10559637
Description: xvi, 302 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The quantum. 1. Light : Waves of particles? ; Wave theory triumphant --
2. Atoms : Nineteenth-century atoms ; Einstein's atoms ; Electrons ; Ions ; X rays ; Radioactivity ; Inside the atom --
3. Light and atoms : The blackbody clue ; An unwelcome revolution ; What is h? ; Einstein, light, and quanta --
4. Bohr's atom : Jumping electrons ; Hydrogen explained ; An element of change: God's dice ; Atoms in perspective ; Chemistry explained --
pt. 2. Quantum mechanics. 5. Photons and electrons : Particles of light ; Particle/wave duality ; Electron waves ; A break with the past ; Pauli and exclusion ; Where next? --
6. Matrices and waves : Breakthrough in heligoland ; Quantum math ; Schrödinger's theory ; A backward step ; Quantum cookery --
7. Cooking with quanta : Antimatter ; Inside the nucleus ; Lasers and masers ; The mighty micro ; Superconductors ; Life itself --
pt. 3. And beyond. 8. Chance and uncertainty : The meaning of uncertainty ; The Copenhagen interpretation ; The experiment with two holes ; Collapsing waves ; Complementarity rules --
9. Paradoxes and possibilities : The clock in the box ; The "EPR paradox" ; Time travel ; Einstein's time ; Something for nothing ; Schrödinger's cat ; The participatory universe --
10. The proof of the pudding : The spin paradox ; The polarization puzzle ; The Bell test ; The proof ; What does it mean? ; Confirmation and applications --
11. Many worlds : Who observes the observers? ; Schrödinger's cats ; Beyond science fiction ; Beyond Einstein? ; A second look ; Beyond Everett ; Our special place --
Unfinished business : Twisted space-time ; Broken symmetry ; Supergravity ; Is the universe a vacuum fluctuation? ; Inflation and the universe.
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An astrophysicist offers an introduction to the theoretical principles, practical applications, and far-reaching implications of quantum physics and quantum mechanics.

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