Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 1, 2002

byJohn Polkinghorne

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Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation thatstill remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, probabilistic physics, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among themany topics discussed.

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Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation thatstill remain unsettled 75 years after the initia...

John Polkinghorne was from 1968 to 1979 Professor of Mathematical Physics in the University of Cambridge, and later president of Queen's College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and was knighted in 1997. His many books include The Quantum World (1986), The Faith of a Physicist (1994), and Science and Theology (1998).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.32 inPublished:May 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802526

ISBN - 13:9780192802521

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1. Classical cracks2. The light dawns3. Darkening Perplexities4. Further developments5. Togetherness6. Lessons and meanings

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`This splendid book explains both the triumph and the mystery that is quantum theory. It is a triumph because of its towering mathematical structure, and amazing empirical accuracy. It is a mystery because of the conundrums about how to interpret it. John Polkinghorne, himself a distinguishedquantum physicist, is a sure guide to all of this: he celebrates the successes of the theory, and shows unfailingly good judgement about the conundrums.'Jeremy Butterfield, University of Oxford