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The Quantum Divide: Why Schroedinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive (Hardback)
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The Quantum Divide: Why Schroedinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive (Hardback)

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Hardback 212 Pages / Published: 21/02/2013
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Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past 30 years or so, we present a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy explanation in terms of everyday "common sense" reasoning, and we provide the corresponding quantum mechanical explanations with a very elementary use of associated formalism. Most, but certainly not all, of the experiments we describe are optical experiments involving a very small number of photons (particles of light). We begin with experiments on the wave-particle duality of electrons, proceed to experiments on the particle nature of light and single photon interference, delayed choice experiments and interaction-free detection, then go on to experiments involving the interference of two photons, quantum entanglement and Bell's Theorem, quantum teleportation, large-scale quantum effects and the divide between the classical and quantum worlds, addressing the question as to whether or not there is such a divide.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199666560
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 218 x 147 x 17 mm


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... the agreeable style and exceptional clarity of the writing makes this book a great pleasure to read ... the value of the book is above all in its comprehensible accounts of some very important and subtle experimental work, accompanied by excellent diagrammatic illustrations of the relevant apparatus. I have not encountered a better exposition of these, and can heartily recommend the book on this basis. * Peter J. Bussey, Contemporary Physics *
An instructive and entertaining read - an excellent example of what 'popular science for scientists' should be. [...] It gives a balanced and up-to-date account of fascinating quantum phenomena well beyond the double-slit experiment and Schroedinger's cat paradox. It also advocates a more relaxed approach. Quantum mechanics is weird, but not that weird. * Nature Physics *
The burgeoning fields of quantum computing, information processing and simulation develop rapidly as a consequence of theoretical insight and technological developments. The latter have enabled us to take single atoms or ions and count single photons, and many of the thought experiments discussed in earlier treatments of quantum physics have now been conducted in laboratories. This lucid account by Gerry and Bruno presents a mature discussion of the link between the microscopic quantum and the macroscopic classical worlds and will be useful for professional physicists, students and the educated layman. * Ifan Hughes, Durham University *
Gerry and Bruno succeed in introducing the quantum world in a readable but not oversimplifi ed way. Their engaging and original account will particularly satisfy those who find popular texts on quantum mechanics lacking in technical detail. The Quantum Divide will leave readers understanding Feynmanas quote with its original intentanot as an admission of defeat but as an invitation to the fascinating world of quantum physics. * Dan Browne, Science *
Highly recommended. * M. Dickinson, CHOICE *

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