Synopses & Reviews
Quantum theory is one the most important and successful theories of modern physical science. It has been estimated that its principles form the basis for about 30 per cent of the world's manufacturing economy. This is all the more remarkable because quantum theory is a theory that nobody understands. The meaning of Quantum Theory introduces science students to the theory's fundamental conceptual and philosophical problems, and the basis of its non-understandability. It does this with the barest minimum of jargon and very little mathematics in the main text. Readers wishing to delve more deeply into the theory's mathematical subtleties can do so in an extended series of appendices. The book brings the reader up to date with the results of new experimental tests of quantum weirdness and reviews the latest thinking on alternative interpretations, the frontiers of quantum cosmology, quantum gravity and potential application of this weirdness in computing, cryptography and teleportation.
Review
"This lucid account offers an excellent starting point for readers who wish to gain some understanding of the strangeness of quantum mechanics."--Science
Table of Contents
Foreword by Peter Atkins
Preface
Part I: Discovery
1. An Act of Desperation
2. Farewell to Certainty
3. An Absolute Wonder
Part II: Formalism
4. Quantum Rules
5. Quantum Measurement
Part III: Meaning
6. The Schism
7. A Bolt from the Blue
8. Bell's Theorem and Local Reality
Part IV: Experiment
9. Quantum Non-locality
10. Complementarity and Entanglement
Part V: Alternatives
11. Pilot Waves, Potentials and Propensities
12. An Irreversible Act
13. I Think, Therefore
14. Many Worlds, One Universe
Closing Remarks
Appendices
Bibliography