Quantum Theory

John Polkinghorne

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780192802521
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775598 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Quantum Theory

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Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction 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 that still 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 the many topics discussed.

Keywords: Niels Bohr; Copenhagen interpretation; decoherence; Albert Einstein; Werner Heisenberg; quantum field theory; quantum theory; Schrödinger equation; Erwin Schrödinger; superposition principle; uncertainty principle

Book.  128 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Quantum Physics

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