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SchrÃ¨odinger's kittens and the search for reality :solving the quantum mysteriesby John Gribbin
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In this eagerly anticipated sequel to the classic bestseller In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, John Gribbin digs even deeper into the mysterious and confounding world of quantum mechanics. Gribbin takes infinitely complex, mind-bending experiments, brings them to life, and makes them accessible to the lay reader. Under his deft guidance, we can begin to grasp the fundamental riddle of today's quantum mechanics: how a single photon can be seen going in two directions at once. Along the way, Gribbin reveals some fascinating discoveries: how quantum particles could one day be used in a Star Trek-type teleportation system, and how quantum cryptographers have developed ways of making unbreakable codes using quantum effects. Schrodinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality illuminates the world's most intriguing and enigmatic scientific phenomenon - and shows how the "impossible dreams" of such legendary scientists as Bohr, Feynman, and Einstein may soon become reality.
Book News Annotation:
Gribbon (In Search of Shrodinger's Cats) presents new evidence about the nature of light that pulls together quantum theory and relativity theory into a coherent explanation of reality. Scattering the indeterminate feline's brood to the opposite ends of the universe (all good homes, of course) he explains signals that travel faster than light and backwards in time, photons capable of being in two places at the same time; and how such arcanery is already being used to make uncrackable codes and could result in a transporter a la Star Trek. For general readers with some general knowledge of science.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -254) and index.
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