Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

Hardcover | July 15, 1995

byRobert Gilmore

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In this cleverly conceived book, physicist Robert Gilmore makes accessible some complex concepts in quantum mechanics by sending Alice to Quantumland-a whole new Wonderland, smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. Alice unusual encounters, enhanced by illustrations by Gilmore himself, make the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, the Pauli Principle, and other elusive concepts easier to grasp.

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Physicist Robert Gilmore sends Alice not to Wonderland but to Quantumland, a place smaller then an atom but full of dazzling wonders. He uses the inquisitive little girl to explain elusive concepts such as the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions and the Pauli Principle. Alice in Quantumland is a clever explanation of complex theories...

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In this cleverly conceived book, physicist Robert Gilmore makes accessible some complex concepts in quantum mechanics by sending Alice to Quantumland-a whole new Wonderland, smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. Alice unusual encounters, enhanced by illustrations by Gilmore himse...

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You've heard about Alice's adventures through the looking glass. Well, Alice is about to embark on another amazing journey. She's going to shrink again - to the size of a nuclear particle - but she's not going down the rabbit hole. She's headed for Quantumland. And what is Quantumland? Think of it as an intellectual amusement park smal...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:July 15, 1995Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387914951

ISBN - 13:9780387914954

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Physics Major's Last Resort Two years ago, I was studying for a midterm in Quatum Physics. For the life of me I couldn't wrap my head around the revolutionary postulates and theories of Einstein, Heisenberg and Schroedinger. While I was in the library one day, I stumbled upon this book. As a last (and desparate) resort, I started reading it. Although I was initially doubtful because of its childish title, the book opened up a whole new world and vista. It shed a different light on a subject that I had only learned in mathematical terms. More importantly it made me laugh (this is quite a feat during midterms) and use my imagination as I slipped further and further into the mysterious and wonderful world of Quantum Physics. This book is not just for desparate Physics students but for everyone who is intimidated by this subject. Now if only Robert would have made a sequel to this book in which all the complex mathematics related to Quantum Physics was explained in the most simple of terms, I could have passed the course with flying colours.
Date published: 2001-04-30

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Table of Contents

1. Into Quantumland; 2. The Heisenberg Bank; 3. The Mechanic's Institute; 4. The Copenhagen School; 5. The Fermi-Bose Academy; 6. Virtual Reality; 7. Atoms in the Void; 8. Castle Rutherford; 9. The Particle MASSquerade; 10. The Experimental Physics Phun Phair

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Physicist Robert Gilmore sends Alice not to Wonderland but to Quantumland, a place smaller then an atom but full of dazzling wonders. He uses the inquisitive little girl to explain elusive concepts such as the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions and the Pauli Principle. Alice in Quantumland is a clever explanation of complex theories of quantum mechanics.