Strange World of Quantum Mechanics

ISBN-10: 0521667801
ISBN-13: 9780521667807
Edition: 2000
Authors: Daniel F. Styer
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Description: This is an exceptionally accessible, accurate, and non-technical introduction to quantum mechanics. After briefly summarizing the differences between classical and quantum behaviour, this engaging account considers the Stern-Gerlach experiment and  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This is an exceptionally accessible, accurate, and non-technical introduction to quantum mechanics. After briefly summarizing the differences between classical and quantum behaviour, this engaging account considers the Stern-Gerlach experiment and its implications, treats the concepts of probability, and then discusses the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell's theorem. Quantal interference and the concept of amplitudes are introduced and the link revealed between probabilities and the interference of amplitudes. Quantal amplitude is employed to describe interference effects. Final chapters explore exciting new developments in quantum computation and cryptography, discover the unexpected behaviour of a quantal bouncing-ball, and tackle the challenge of describing a particle with no position. Thought-provoking problems and suggestions for further reading are included. Suitable for use as a course text, The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics enables students to develop a genuine understanding of the domain of the very small. It will also appeal to general readers seeking intellectual adventure.

Daniel F. Styer is the John and Marianne Schiffer Professor of Physics at Oberlin College and the author of The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics.

Preface
Introduction
Classical magnetic needles
The Stern-Gerlach experiment
The conundrum of projections, repeated measurements
Probability
The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox
Variations on a theme by Einstein
Optical interference
Quantal interference
Amplitudes
Working with amplitudes
Two slit inventions
Quantum cryptography
Quantum mechanics of a bouncing ball
The wavefunction
A brief history of quantum mechanics
Putting weirdness to work
Sources
General questions
Bibliography
Skeleton answers for selected problems
Index

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