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The Quantum Story - A History in 40 Moments

The Quantum Story

A History in 40 Moments
Jim Baggott
(2016)
Sprog: Engelsk
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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  • Paperback: 496 sider
  • Udgiver: Oxford University Press, Incorporated (Juni 2016)
  • ISBN: 9780198784777
The twentieth century was defined by physics. From the minds of the world's leading physicists there flowed a river of ideas that would transport mankind to the pinnacle of wonderment and to the very depths of human despair. This was a century that began with the certainties of absoluteknowledge and ended with the knowledge of absolute uncertainty. It was a century in which physicists developed weapons with the capacity to destroy our reality, whilst at the same time denying us the possibility that we can ever properly comprehend it. Almost everything we think we know about the nature of our world comes from one theory of physics. This theory was discovered and refined in the first thirty years of the twentieth century and went on to become quite simply the most successful theory of physics ever devised. Its concepts underpinmuch of the twenty-first century technology that we have learned to take for granted. But its success has come at a price, for it has at the same time completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at the level of its most fundamental constituents. Rejecting the fundamental elements of uncertainty and chance implied by quantum theory, Albert Einstein once famously declared that "God does not play dice". Niels Bohr claimed that anybody who is not shocked by the theory has not understood it. The charismatic American physicist Richard Feynmanwent further: he claimed that nobody understands it. This is quantum theory, and this book tells its story. Jim Baggott presents a celebration of this wonderful yet wholly disconcerting theory, with a history told in forty episodes - significant moments of truth or turning points in the theory's development. From its birth in the porcelain furnaces used to study black body radiation in 1900, to thepromise of stimulating new quantum phenomena to be revealed by CERN's Large Hadron Collider over a hundred years later, this is the extraordinary story of the quantum world.Oxford Landmark Science books are "must-read" classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Part I: Quantum in Action1: An Act of Desperation: Berlin
19002: Independent Energy Quanta: Bern
19053: Quantum Numbers and Quantum Jumps: Manchester
19134: Wave-particle Duality: Paris
19235: Strangely Beautiful Interior: Helgoland
19256: A Late Erotic Outburst: Swiss Alps
19257: The Self-rotating Electron: Leiden 1925Part
II: Quantum Probability and Quantum Uncertainty8: Quantum Probability: G?ttingen
19269: The Whole Idea of Quantum Jumps Necessarily Leads to Nonsense: Copenhagen
192610: Uncertainty Principle: Copenhagen
192711: The Copenhagen Interpretation: Copenhagen
192712: Complementarity: Lake Como 1927Part
III: Quantum Interpretation13: Gedankenexperiment: Brussels
192714: An Absolute Wonder: Cambridge
192715: A Certain Unreasonableness: Brussels
193016: A Bolt from the Blue: Copenhagen
193517: The Paradox of Schr?dinger's Cat: Oxford 1935Part
IV: Quantum Fields18: Crisis: Shelter Island
194719: Quantum Electrodynamics: Oldstone
194920: Gauge Symmetry and Gauge Theories: Princeton
195421: Three Quarks for Muster Mark: Pasadena
196322: The Higgs Mechanism: Edinburgh 1965Part
V: Quantum Particles23: Electro-weak Unification: Harvard
196724: Deep Inelastic Scattering: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
196725: Asymptotic Freedom and Quantum Chromodynamics: Harvard
197326: The November Revolution: Brookhaven and SLAC
197427: The W and Z Bosons: CERN
198328: Completing the Picture: Fermilab 1994Part
VI: Quantum Reality29: Hidden Variables: Princeton
195130: Bell's Theorem: Geneva
196431: The Aspect Experiments: Paris
198232: Beating the Uncertainty Principle: Albuquerque
199133: Three-photon GHZ States: Vienna
200034: Reality, Whether Local or Not: Vienna 2007Part
VII: Quantum Gravity35: That Damned Equation: Princeton
196736: The First Superstring Revolution: Aspen
198437: The Quantum Structure of Space: Santa Barbara
198638: No Consistency Without Contingency: Durham
199539: The Second Superstring Revolution: Los Angeles
199540: Resolving the Impasse: CERN 2008EpilogueQuantum TimelineName IndexSubject
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