Quantum Physics

What Everyone Needs to Know

Michael G. Raymer

Quantum Physics

What Everyone Needs to Know

Michael G. Raymer

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9780190250713

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Paperback

Published:

19 Jun 2017

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Description

Around 1900, physicists started to discover particles like electrons, protons, and neutrons, and with these discoveries believed they could predict the internal behavior of the atom. However, once their predictions were compared to the results of experiments in the real world, it became clear that the principles of classical physics and mechanics were far from capable of explaining phenomena on the atomic scale. With this realization came the advent of quantum physics, one of the most important intellectual movements in human history. Today, quantum physics is everywhere: it explains how our computers work, how lasers transmit information across the Internet, and allows scientists to predict accurately the behavior of nearly every particle in nature. Its application continues to be fundamental in the investigation of the most expansive questions related to our world and the universe.

However, while the field and principles of quantum physics are known to have nearly limitless applications, the fundamental reasons why this is the case are far less understood. In Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know, quantum physicist Michael G. Raymer distills the basic principles of such an abstract field, and addresses the many ways quantum physics is a key factor in today's science and beyond. The book tackles questions as broad as the meaning of quantum entanglement and as specific and timely as why governments worldwide are spending billions of dollars developing quantum technology research. Raymer's list of topics is diverse, and showcases the sheer range of questions and ideas in which quantum physics is involved. From applications like data encryption and quantum computing to principles and concepts like "quantum nonlocality" and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know is a wide-reaching introduction to a nearly ubiquitous scientific topic.

Contents

Chapter 1 - What is Quantum Physics? Chapter 2 - Quantum Measurement and Its Consequences Chapter 3 - Quantum Data Encryption Chapter 4 - Quantum Behavior and Its Description Chapter 5 - Sensing Gravity with Quantum Interference Chapter 6 - Quantum Possibilities as Waves Chapter 7 - Milestones and a Fork in the Road Chapter 8 - The End of Local Realism As a World View Chapter 9 - Quantum Entanglement and Teleportation Chapter 10- Quantum Computing Chapter 11 - Energy Quantization and Atoms Chapter 12 - Sensing Time, Motion, and Gravity with Quantum Technology Chapter 13 - Quantum Fields Chapter 14 - Lingering Questions and Awkwardness

Authors

Michael G. Raymer , Professor of Physics, University of Oregon, USA

Dr. Michael G. Raymer is Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Physics, University of Oregon. He was founding Director of the Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular and Quantum Science.

Reviews

I highly recommend Quantum Physics for its content and price to everyone." --Optics & Photonics News

"Quantum physics undermines all our cozy preconceptions about the nature of physical reality. Those seeking enlightenment and reassurance will find everything they need to know in Mike Raymer's excellent book." - Jim Baggott, author of The Quantum Story

"Quantum physics: it's weird, wonderful, and we now know useful, as Mike Raymer so ably demonstrates in this fascinating new book! He reveals how much of our modern technological world is enabled by quantum physics, from lasers to semiconductors. This book is a totally fascinating and readable account: a very accessible read for the general public." - Sir Peter Knight, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Imperial College London

"The author has explained [questions] in a "fiction" style suitable for a general audience with no background in physics ... I highly recommend Quantum Physics for its content and price to everyone." - Reva Garg, Optics & Photonics News