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Quantum Theory
David Bohm
0486659690
December 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This advanced undergraduate-level text provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts outside classical theory. A broad range of specific applications follows, worked out in considerable mathematical detail. Also included: an examination of the relationship between quantum and classical concepts. Preface. Index.


What the Bleep Do We Know!
William Arntz
075730334X
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Do you want to take a trip down the rabbit hole? Get ready, because that's exactly what you'll do when you open this book! Never before has a book so dramatically altered the status quoor reality for that matter. With a genre-busting break-through format and layout, the graphics, colors and characters compel readers to ask themselves Great Questions that will recreate their lives as they know them. With the help of fourteen leading quantum physicists, scientist and spiritual thinkers, this book guide readers on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the deeply personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is? What are thoughts made of? What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? Are we biologically addicted to...


Condensed Matter Field Theory

0521845084


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Book Description
Over the past few decades, in concert with ground-breaking experimental advances, condensed matter theory has drawn increasingly from the language of low-energy quantum field theory. This primer is aimed at elevating graduate students of condensed matter theory to a level where they can engage in independent research. It emphasizes the development of modern methods of classical and quantum field theory with applications oriented around condensed matter physics. Topics covered include second quantization, path and functional field integration, mean-field theory and collective phenomena, the renormalization group, and topology. Conceptual aspects and formal methodology are emphasized, but the discussion is rooted firmly in practical experimental application. As well as routine exercises, the text includes extended and...


Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions Series)
John C. Polkinghorne
0192802526
August 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book 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. This volume offers the reader access to one of the greatest discoveries in the history of physics and one of the outstanding intellectual achievements of the twentieth century.

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The Universe in a Nutshell
Stephen Hawking
055380202X
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Stephen Hawking, science's first real rock star, may be the least-read bestselling author in history--it's no secret that many people who own A Brief History of Time have never finished it. Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell aims to remedy the situation, with a plethora of friendly illustrations to help readers grok some of the most brain-bending ideas ever conceived.

Does it succeed? Yes and no. While Hawking offers genuinely accessible context for such complexities as string theory and the nature of time, it's when he must translate equations to sentences that the limits of language get in the way. But Hawking has simplified the origin of the universe, the nature of space and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the...



Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell

0691010196


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Zvi Bern, Physics Today
" it is for anyone who wishes to experience the sheer beauty and elegance of quantum field theory".

Review
Frank Wilczek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology : Quantum field theory is an extraordinarily beautiful subject, but it can be an intimidating one. The profound and deeply physical concepts it embodies can get lost, to the beginner, amidst its technicalities. In this book, Zee imparts the wisdom of an experienced and remarkably creative practitioner in a user-friendly style. I wish something like it had been available when I was a student.
Marvin L. Goldberger, President, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology : Finally! Zee has written a ground-breaking quantum field theory text based on the course I made him teach when I chaired the Princeton physics...


Feynman's Thesis: A New Approach to Quantum Theory
Laurie M. Brown (Editor)
9812563806
August 2005
Paperback
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Frank Wilczek, 2004 Physics Nobel Laureate
Feynman's original presentation is not only uniquely clear, but also contains insights and perspectives that are not widely known. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

CERN Courier
The thesis itself is a masterpiece of clear exposition ... it is written in Feynman's uniquely chatty style. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Dancing Wu Li Masters
Gary Zukav
0060959681
Aug 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
At an Esalen Institute meeting in 1976, tai chi master Al Huang said that the Chinese word for physics is Wu Li, "patterns of organic energy." Journalist Gary Zukav and the others present developed the idea of physics as the dance of the Wu Li Masters--the teachers of physical essence. Zukav explains the concept further:

The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter.... This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li.... Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li Masters know that they are only dancing with it.

The "new...



Quantum Theory as an Emergent Phenomenon : The Statistical Mechanics of Matrix Models as the Precursor of Quantum Field Theory

0521831946


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Review
"This is a bold book, a provocative text, that may help many readers to have a better understanding of the foundations of quantum theories." American Mathematical Society

Book Description
Although it is our most successful physical theory, quantum mechanics raises conceptual issues that have perplexed physicists and philosophers of science for decades. This book develops a new approach based on the proposal that quantum theory is not a complete, final theory, but, in fact, an emergent phenomenon arising from a more profound level of dynamics.


The Quantum Brain
Jeffrey Satinover
0471441538
Feb 2002
Paperback
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Review
"...My advice is to buy the book..." (Physics World, June 2002)

Review
"I...enthusiastically recommend his book. It takes us to the brink of enlightenment." (Stuart Hameroff in Cerebrum)

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Introducing Quantum Theory
J. P. McEvoy
1840465778
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Quantum theory is considered by many to be the most unfathomable of scientific models. It confronts us with bizarre paradoxes which upset the logical edifice of classical physics. Yet this widely applied theory is amazingly accurate and explains all of chemistry and most of physics.

Book Info
(Totem Books) Tours Quantum Theory in physics and mathematics, step-by-step, with great thinkers such as Einstein, Planck, Bohr, and Schrodinger. Explores the questions raised by these and other scientists about the uncertainty principles, the concept of non-locality, and other paradoxes and enigmas of the theory. Softcover. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Programming the Universe : A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes On the Cosmos
Seth Lloyd
1400040922
March 14, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lloyd, a professor at MIT, works in the vanguard of research in quantum computing: using the quantum mechanical properties of atoms as a computer. He contends that the universe itself is one big quantum computer producing what we see around us, and ourselves, as it runs a cosmic program. According to Lloyd, once we understand the laws of physics completely, we will be able to use small-scale quantum computing to understand the universe completely as well. In his scenario, the universe is processing information. The second law of thermodynamics (disorder increases) is all about information, and Lloyd spends much of the book explaining how quantum processes convey information. The creation of the universe itself involved information processing: random fluctuations in the quantum foam, like a random number generator...


Thirty Years That Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory
George Gamow
048624895X
July 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
Entertaining, rigorous introduction to the development of Quantum Theory traces its history—from Max Planck’s revolutionary discovery of quanta and Niels Bohr’s model of the atom to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi’s nuclear research. Numerous line drawings. 1966 ed.


Schrodinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality
John R. Gribbin
0316328197
May 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
Astrophysicist John Gribbin first introduced the general public to the world of quantum physics in 1984 with his book In Search of Schrödinger's Cat. A dizzying, counterintuitive domain, the quantum world is so strange that Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his time, admitted, "nobody understands quantum physics."

Science has not stood still in the years since In Search of Schrödinger's Cat was written, and in this new book, Gribbin brings us up to speed on the latest developments. New interpretive models have been put forth about the nature of particles and light; experimental evidence has turned over many of the basic precepts of the Copenhagen interpretation, which says that until it is observed, the subatomic world exists only as a probability wave, lacking any objective reality...



Quantum Theory of Light
Rodney Loudon
0198501765
November 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
This third edition, like its two predecessors, provides a detailed account of the basic theory needed to understand the properties of light and its interactions with atoms, in particular the many nonclassical effects that have now been observed in quantum-optical experiments. The earlier
chapters describe the quantum mechanics of various optical processes, leading from the classical representation of the electromagnetic field to the quantum theory of light. The later chapters develop the theoretical descriptions of some of the key experiments in quantum optics. Over half of the
material in this third edition is new. It includes topics that have come into prominence over the last two decades, such as the beamsplitter theory, squeezed light, two-photon interference, balanced homodyne detection, travelling-wave...


Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems
Stephen T. Thornton, Jerry B. Marion
0534408966
July 7, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This best-selling classical mechanics text, written for the advanced undergraduate one- or two-semester course, provides a complete account of the classical mechanics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Vector calculus is used extensively to explore topics.The Lagrangian formulation of mechanics is introduced early to show its powerful problem solving ability.. Modern notation and terminology are used throughout in support of the text's objective: to facilitate students' transition to advanced physics and the mathematical formalism needed for the quantum theory of physics. CLASSICAL DYNAMICS OF PARTICLES AND SYSTEMS can easily be used for a one- or two-semester course, depending on the instructor's choice of topics.

About the Author
Stephen Thornton is...


Dr. Quantum's Little Book of Big Ideas
Fred Alan Wolf
1930491085
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Respected among scientists and spiritual leaders alike for his pioneering work combining scientific and spiritual thought, Fred Alan Wolf (aka Dr. Quantum) is, as Deepak Chopra states, "one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness." Featured in the word-of-mouth indie hit, What the Bleep Do We Know?!, Dr. Wolf is a physicist who knows how to put complex science-based ideas into terms that even science-phobes can understand. With clarity and a sense of humor, Dr. Quantum presents Big Ideas in the form of both short quotes and longer excerpts and covers topics ranging from the construction of our everyday reality to our relationship to one another. Dr. Quantum’s Little Book of Big Ideas is a perfect gift for anyone interested in the realm where science meets spirit.

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Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Brian Greene
0375708111
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
There is an ill-concealed skeleton in the closet of physics: "As they are currently formulated, general relativity and quantum mechanics cannot both be right." Each is exceedingly accurate in its field: general relativity explains the behavior of the universe at large scales, while quantum mechanics describes the behavior of subatomic particles. Yet the theories collide horribly under extreme conditions such as black holes or times close to the big bang. Brian Greene, a specialist in quantum field theory, believes that the two pillars of physics can be reconciled in superstring theory, a theory of everything.

Superstring theory has been called "a part of 21st-century physics that fell by chance into the 20th century." In other words, it isn't all worked out yet. Despite the uncertainties--"string theorists work to find...



Quantum Mechanics (2 vol. set)
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, et al
0471569526
October 12, 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Beginning students of quantum mechanics frequently experience difficulties separating essential underlying principles from the specific examples to which these principles have been historically applied. Nobel-Prize-winner Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and his colleagues have written this book to eliminate precisely these difficulties. Fourteen chapters provide a clarity of organization, careful attention to pedagogical details, and a wealth of topics and examples which make this work a textbook as well as a timeless reference, allowing to tailor courses to meet students' specific needs.
Each chapter starts with a clear exposition of the problem which is then treated, and logically develops the physical and mathematical concept. These chapters emphasize the underlying principles of the material, undiluted by extensive...


God's Equation
Amir D. Aczel
0385334850
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Who would have thought a mathematical constant would make such an engaging character? God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe, mathematician Amir Aczel's tale of the search for a scientific explanation of the universe, features the cosmological constant in a role as complex as Einstein's. The great genius referred to it as his "greatest blunder," but recent events in the world of astrophysics have brought the prodigal term back into the fold as an important part of his field equation. Aczel is a powerful storyteller, and makes no secret of his admiration for Einstein; much of the book revolves around his conquest of general relativity. Integrating relativity with gravitation was no easy task (even for Einstein), but the author deftly steers the reader away from the sticky stuff and focuses...


Physics of Consciousness: The Quantum Mind and the Meaning of Life
Evan Harris Walker
0738204366
January 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
It's not every day you hear a physicist ask what happens when we die. Evan Harris Walker, sparked by the early, tragic loss of his love, does just that and more in The Physics of Consciousness, a book in the same vein as Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics, but with a firmer grounding in scientific understanding. Walker marries the traditions of Southern literature--a longing for the past, a resignation toward the present, and a determined optimism about the future--to a technical explanation of the limits of materialism; a weird synthesis, certainly, but charming and engaging nonetheless. Since his primary topic is consciousness, Walker turns to neuroscience and Buddhism (its spiritual equivalent) for inspiration. His quantum-mechanical approach to synaptic transmission and "the speed of consciousness" are difficult to...


Quantum Mechanics Demystified
David McMahon
0071455469
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Fun FORMAT makes this complex subject EASY to GRASP SOLUTIONS to typical problems are EXPLAINED in full DETAIL Perfect for SELF-STUDY or CLASS supplement Great for quick REVIEW or help PREPARE for the Physics Qualifying EXAM LEARN QUANTUM MECHANICS AT WARP SPEED! Now anyone can master the basics of quantum mechanics -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Quantum Mechanics Demystified, physicist (and student-savvy author) David McMahon provides an effective and illuminating way to learn the essentials of quantum mechanics. With Quantum Mechanics Demystified, you master the subject one step at a time -- at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide is filled with solved examples throughout, and offers problems to try at the end of each chapter to pinpoint weaknesses. A final exam...


Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)
David J. Griffiths
0131118927
March 31, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book first teaches learners how to do quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it means. Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. The book's two-part coverage organizes topics under basic theory, and assembles an arsenal of approximation schemes with illustrative applications. For physicists and engineers.

The publisher, Prentice-Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Written by the author of the best-selling E & M text, this text is designed to teach students how to DO quantum mechanics. Part I covers the basic theory; Part II develops approximation schemes and real-world applications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable...


Modern Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)
J. J. Sakurai
0201539292
January 15, 1994
Hardcover
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Book Info
Revised edition includes discussions of fundamental topics and newer developments such as neutron interferometer experiments, Feynman path integrals, correlation measurements, and Bell's inequality. DLC: Quantum theory.


Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension
Michio Kaku
0385477058
February 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
How many dimensions do you live in? Three? Maybe that's all your commonsense sense perception perceives, but there is growing and compelling evidence to suggest that we actually live in a universe of ten real dimensions. Kaku has written an extraordinarily lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the theoretical and empirical bases of a ten-dimensional universe and even goes so far as to discuss possible practical implications--such as being able to escape the collapse of the universe. Yikes. Highly Recommended.

From Publishers Weekly
Since ingesting Einstein's relativity theory 50 years ago, physics fell down a quantum rabbit hole and, ever since, physicists' reports to the world of popular science have been curiouser and curiouser. This version, from the author of the graduate...


The Universe in a Nutshell
Stephen Hawking
055371449X
Nov 2001
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Stephen Hawking, science's first real rock star, may be the least-read bestselling author in history--it's no secret that many people who own A Brief History of Time have never finished it. Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell aims to remedy the situation, with a plethora of friendly illustrations to help readers grok some of the most brain-bending ideas ever conceived.

Does it succeed? Yes and no. While Hawking offers genuinely accessible context for such complexities as string theory and the nature of time, it's when he must translate equations to sentences that the limits of language get in the way. But Hawking has simplified the origin of the universe, the nature of space and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the...



Parallel Universes
Fred Alan Wolf
0671696017
Feb 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Wolf's readers should get ready for a wild intellectual ride through the convoluted realms of quantum mechanics, relativity, black holes and imaginary time. The physicist ( Starwave ) is a strong proponent of the "many-worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics, and he launches a ferocious assault on conservative scientists who espouse the "Copenhagen" interpretation. Essentially, the debate hinges on the role of consciousness in measuring quantum events: Copenhagenists argue that a quantum measurement causes the "collapse" of a particle's probability wave, while Wolf claims the act of measuring actually causes the universe to split in two. The equations of relativity and quantum physics support both interpretations. Wolf describes what it would be like to travel through a black hole to a parallel universe;...


Entangled Minds : Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality
Dean Radin
1416516778
April 25, 2006
Paperback
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Review
"From the Einstein of consciousness research comes a work that could change forever how we view the nature of human consciousness and our origins and destiny."-- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words
"Dean Radin brings parapsychology into mainstream science. The revolution has begun."-- Deepak Chopra, author of The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Book Description
IS EVERYTHING CONNECTED?Can we sense what's happening to loved ones thousands of miles away? Why are we sometimes certain of a caller's identity the instant the phone rings? Do intuitive hunches contain information about future events? Is it possible to perceive without the use of the ordinary senses?Many people believe that such "psychic phenomena" are rare...


Timeline
Michael Crichton
0345417623
October 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a "quantum foam wormhole," and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid. If you aren't strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you'll miss the quantum bus back to 1999 and be stranded in a civil war, caught between crafty abbots, mad lords, and peasant bandits all eager to cut your throat. You'll also have to dodge catapults that hurl sizzling pitch over castle battlements. On the social front, you should avoid provoking "the butcher of Crecy" or Sir Oliver may lop your head off with a swoosh of his broadsword or cage and immerse you in "Milady's Bath," a brackish dungeon pit into which live rats are tossed now and then for prisoners to eat.

This is the plight of the heroes of Timeline, Michael Crichton's thriller. They're...



Quantum Transport : Atom to Transistor
Supriyo Datta
0521631459
June 16, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
'Molecular transport phenomena in junctions is a very 'hot' area, that is best understood in terms of quantum transport phenomena in general. This book, by one of the true leaders in this field, presents and clarifies molecular transport in the context of the larger quantum transport area. The text is lucid, masterful, understandable and unified. The numerical examples and MATLAB codes combine with the discussions to provide a strongly integrated and very readable overview of the field.' Professor Mark Ratner, Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University
'A lucid treatment of what's destined to be the 'next big thing' for electrical engineers - conduction at the atomic scale - eminently suitable for students and professionals alike. The generous use of examples and clarifying remarks, together with the novel approach of...


Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Michael A. Nielsen, Isaac L. Chuang
0521635039
September 2000
Paperback
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Review
'... Although the field of quantum information and computation is evolving rapidly, this book was written just after the basic algorithmic and physical tools of the field had reached a standard form. and so the text contains essentially all of the material that might be covered in a course on quantum information. I used it as a textbook for an introductory course in quantum computation at my institute. At the end of the term, the class was polled on various aspects of the book. The response was uniformly positive ... A rigorous, comprehensive text on quantum information is timely ... Quantum Computation and Quantum Information is a must-read for the generation of budding quantum-mechanical engineers who will build the technologies of the future.' Seth Lloyd, Nature
'Nielsen and Chuang have set a high standard.'...

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