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Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality

 
 
 
 
Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality
Author: Valerio Scarani
ISBN 13: 9780198570479
ISBN 10: 198570473
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2006-02-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 144
List Price: $49.95
 
 

Quantum physics is often perceive 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 descriptions of it that behaves in an astonishing way. This book selects those, among these typical quantum phenomena, whose rigorous description requires neither the formalism, not 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.