By: Valerio Scarani
125 pages, 19 figures
Quantum physics is often perceived as a weird and abstract theory, which physicists must use in order to make correct predictions. But many recent experiments have shown that the weirdness of the theory simply mirrors the weirdness of phenomena: it is Nature itself, and not only our description of it, that behaves in an astonishing way. This book selects those, among these typical quantum phenomena, whose rigorous description requires neither the formalism, nor an important background in physics. The first part of the book deals with the phenomenon of single-particle interference, covering the historical questions of wave-particle duality, objective randomness and the boundary between the quantum and the classical world, but also the recent idea of quantum cryptography. The second part introduces the modern theme of entanglement, by presenting two-particle interference phenomena and discussing Bell's inequalities. A concise review of the main interpretations of quantum physics is provided.
This book addresses a broad scientific and general audience. Also university and high school teachers involved in explaining quantum physics at a general level.
Overall though, for a quick (100pp) introduction to some of the more esoteric aspects of Quantum Physics for someone without any prior knowledge of physics training, the book is superb. J.Garibaldi, Journal of the Operational Research Society (2007) 58
0. Preface; 1.QUANTUM INTERFERENCES; 1. The Heart of the Matter; 2. Taking a Closer Look; 3. Dimensions and Borderlines; 4. Authority Ruled Down; 5. A Nice Idea; 2. QUANTUM CORRELATIONS; 6. Indistinguisability at a Distance; 7. On the Origin of Correlations; 8. Paris, Innsbruck, Geneva; 9. Roads for an Explanantion; Epilogue
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