Author(s): Joanne Baker
Following on from the highly successful 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know, author Joanne Baker consolidates the foundation concepts of physics and moves on to present clear explanations of the most cutting-edge area of science: quantum physics. With 50 concise chapters covering complex theories and their advanced applications - from string theory to black holes, and quarks to quantum computing - alongside informative two-colour illustrations, this book presents key ideas in straightforward, bite-sized chunks. Ideal for the layperson, this book will challenge the way you understand the world. The ideas explored include: Theory of relativity Schrodinger's cat; Nuclear forces: fission and fusion; Antimatter; Superconductivity.
Joanne Baker studied Physics at Cambridge and took her PhD at the University of Sydney in 1995. She is a physical science editor at Science magazine, where her speciality is space and earth science. She is the author of 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know and Universe: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know.
Introduction. LIGHT LESSON: Energy conservation; Planck's law; Electromagnetism; Young's fringes; Speed of light; Photoelectric effect. UNDERSTANDING ELECTRONS: Wave-particle duality; Rutherford's atom; Quantum leaps; Fraunhofer lines; Zeeman effect; Pauli exclusion principle. QUANTUM MECHANICS: Matrix mechanics; Schrodinger's wave equation; Heisenberg's uncertainty principle; The Copenhagen interpretation; Schrodinger's cat; The EPR paradox; Quantum tunnelling; Nuclear fission; Antimatter. QUANTUM FIELDS: Quantum field theory; The Lamb shift; Quantum electrodynamics; Beta decay; Weak interaction; Quarks; Deep inelastic scattering; Quantum chromodynamics; The Standard Model. QUANTUM COSMOS: Symmetry breaking; The Higgs boson; Supersymmetry; Quantum gravity; Hawking radiation; Quantum cosmology; String theory. QUANTUM UNREALITY: Many worlds; Hidden variables; Bell's inequalities; Aspect experiments; Quantum eraser. QUANTUM APPLICATIONS: Quantum decoherence; Qubits; Quantum cryptography; Quantum dots; Superconductivity; Bose-Einstein condensates; Quantum biology; Quantum consciousness. Glossary. Index.