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The strange world of quantum mechanics
Styer, Daniel F.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xiv, 154 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Classical magnetic needles -- The Stern-Gerlach experiment -- The conundrum of projections; repeated measurements -- Probability -- The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox -- Variation on a theme by Einstein -- Optical interference -- Quantal interference -- Amplitudes -- Working with amplitudes -- Two-slit inventions -- Quantum cryptography -- Quantum mechanics of a bouncing ball -- The wavefunction.
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Central Library QC174.12 .S879 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is an exceptionally accessible, accurate, and non-technical introduction to quantum mechanics. After briefly summarizing the differences between classical and quantum behaviour, this engaging account considers the Stern-Gerlach experiment and its implications, treats the concepts of probability, and then discusses the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell's theorem. Quantal interference and the concept of amplitudes are introduced and the link revealed between probabilities and the interference of amplitudes. Quantal amplitude is employed to describe interference effects. Final chapters explore exciting new developments in quantum computation and cryptography, discover the unexpected behaviour of a quantal bouncing-ball, and tackle the challenge of describing a particle with no position. Thought-provoking problems and suggestions for further reading are included. Suitable for use as a course text, The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics enables students to develop a genuine understanding of the domain of the very small. It will also appeal to general readers seeking intellectual adventure.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Classical magnetic needles
3 The Stern-Gerlach experiment
4 The conundrum of projections, repeated measurements
5 Probability
6 The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox
7 Variations on a theme by Einstein
8 Optical interference
9 Quantal interference
10 Amplitudes
11 Working with amplitudes
12 Two slit inventions
13 Quantum cryptography
14 Quantum mechanics of a bouncing ball
15 The wavefunction
Appendix A A brief history of quantum mechanics
Appendix B Putting weirdness to work
Appendix C Sources
Appendix D General questions
Appendix E Bibliography
Appendix F Skeleton answers for selected problems

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