Quantum Physics: A Beginner’s Guide (Beginner’s Guides)

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Content summary:

  1. Quantum physics is not rocket science
  2. Waves and particles
  3. Power from the quantum
  4. Metals and insulators
  5. Semiconductors and computer chips
  6. Superconductivity
  7. Spin doctoring
  8. What does it all mean?
  9. Conclusions

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From quarks to computing, this fascinating introduction covers every element of the quantum world in clear and accessible language. Drawing on a wealth of expertise to explain just what a fascinating field quantum physics is, Rae points out that it is not simply a maze of technical jargon and philosophical ideas, but a reality which affects our daily lives.
When it comes to introductory physics books, one of the greatest challenges is in combining technical rigor with accessibility.  In Quantum Physics: A Beginners Guide Alaistar Rae tries to accomplish this great task — aiming for an accessible yet fairly technical text. The book, in most of the chapters, has the so called “math boxes” in which additional math is added. These boxes are for those with some background in physics, however they are not compulsory and, according to the author, one can read through this book without fully understanding each and every one of them.
The text also gives a fine balance between the basics of the theory of quantum mechanics and the applications of this often esoteric field. Starting with the roots of our understanding of electronics and ending with superconductors — modern life could not be possible without quantum physics. Quantum Physics : A Beginner’s Guide celebrates this and aims to offer a perfect introduction to the field with as little jargon and mind spinning technicalities as possible.

About the Author

Alaistair I.M. Rae  is the editor of The European Journal of Physics and was, until his recent retirement, Reader in Quantum Physics at the University of Birmingham. He is also the author of a variety of textbooks for physics students, which includes: Quantum Physics: Illusion or Reality and a textbook Quantum Mechanics.

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