Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World

ISBN-10: 1592406726
ISBN-13: 9781592406722
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Kakalios
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Description: A highly entertaining exploration of the complicated science of quantum mechanics made easy to understand by way of pop culture. As a young science fiction fan, physicist James Kakalios marveled at the future predicted in the pulp magazines, comics,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A highly entertaining exploration of the complicated science of quantum mechanics made easy to understand by way of pop culture. As a young science fiction fan, physicist James Kakalios marveled at the future predicted in the pulp magazines, comics, and films of the '50s and '60s. By 2010, he was sure we'd have flying cars and jetpacks. But what we ended up with-laptop computers, MRI machines, Blu-ray players, and dozens of other real-life marvels-are even more fantastic. In The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, he explains why the development of quantum mechanics enabled our amazing present day. In his trademark style, Kakalios uses pop culture examples- everything from the graphic novel Watchmento schlock horror movies of the '50s-to elucidate some of the most complex science there is. And he brings to life the groundbreaking scientists whose discoveries made our present life possible. Along the way, he dispels the misconception that quantum mechanics is unknowable by mere mortals. It's not magic; it's science!

Introduction: Quantum Physics? You're Soaking in It!
Tales to Astonish
Quantum Mechanics in Three Easy Steps
Photons at the Beach
Fearful Symmetry
It's All Done with Magnets
Challengers of the Unknown
Wave Functions All the Way Down
The Equation That Made the Future!
The Uncertainty Principle Made Easy
Why So Blue, Dr. Manhattan?
Tales of the Atomic Knights
Our Friend, the Atom
Radioactive Man
Man of the Atom
Weird Science Stories
Every Man for Himself
All for One and One for All
Modern Mechanics and Inventions
Quantum Invisible "Ink"
Death Rays and DVDs
The One-Way Door
Big Changes Come in Small Packages
Spintronics
A Window on Inner Space
The World of Tomorrow
Coming Attractions
Seriously, Where's My Jet Pack?
Afterword: Journey into Mystery
Acknowledgments
Notes
Recommended Reading
Index

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