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Quantum physics, mini black holes, and the multiverse : debunking common misconceptions in theoretical physics

Author: Yasunori Nomura; Bill Poirier; John Terning; Farzad Nekoogar
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018] ©2018
Series: Multiversal journeys.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book explores, explains and debunks some common misconceptions about quantum physics, particle physics, space-time, and Multiverse cosmology. It seeks to separate science from pseudoscience. The material is presented in layperson-friendly language, followed by additional technical sections which explain basic equations and principles."--Back cover.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yasunori Nomura; Bill Poirier; John Terning; Farzad Nekoogar
ISBN: 9783319417080 3319417088
OCLC Number: 1029873503
Description: xiv, 212 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Contents: Misconceptions in quantum physics / Bill Poirier --
The singular quantum. Why is quantum physics weird? ; What do the experts say? ; What hope is there for the rest of us? ; What material will be covered? ; How to use this book --
The bipolar quantum: wave-particle duality. Wave, particle, or "wavicle"? ; Quantum probability waves ; Heisenberg uncertainty principle --
Quantum soccer: the double-slit experiment. A reasonable doubt ; Single-slit experiment: classical ; Single-slit experiment: quantum ; Double-slit experiment: classical ; Double-slit experiment: quantum --
The plural quanta: expanding the wavefunction. Many-particle wavefunctions ; Wavefunction measurement ; Collapse and Schrödinger's cat --
The "spooky" quantum: nonlocality. Entanglement and hidden variables ; Bell's theorem ; EPRB as a game of coin toss: classical version ; EPRB as a game of coin toss: quantum version ; Playing the "What If?" game --
Where the weird things are. Where are they? Where are we? ; Interpretations of quantum physics ; Popular depictions of quantum physics --
Appendix I: Looking under the hood: the mathematical "method" behind the "madness" --
Misconceptions about particles and spacetime / John Terning --
Particles. What are particles? ; Atoms ; Seeing atoms --
Mini black holes. Black holes ; Black holes and extra dimensions --
Particle colliders and the universe. The Higgs boson ; Parallel universes --
Physics in the news. Cell phone radiation ; Cold fusion --
Epilogue. Spinach: a cautionary tale ; Moving forward --
Extra material: the equations behind the words. Units and coordinates ; Einstein's special theory of relativity ; Quantum mechanics and scattering ; Gravity ; Black holes ; Black holes in extra dimensions ; The large Hadron collider ; Complex numbers ; Group theory: rotations and spinors ; The Higgs ; Fusion.
Series Title: Multiversal journeys.
Responsibility: Yasunori Nomura, Bill Poirier, John Terning ; Farzad Nekoogar, founding editor.

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