From quarks to computing, this fascinating introduction covers every element of the quantum world in clear and accessible language. Drawing on a wealth of expertise to explain just what a fascinating field quantum physics is, Rae points out that it is not simply a maze of technical jargon and philosophical ideas, but a reality which affects our daily lives.
About the Author
Alastair Rae is the editor of The European Journal of Physics and was until his recent retirement, Reader in Quantum Physics at the University of Birmingham. His Quantum Mechanics, now in its second edition, has become a standard undergraduate text on the subject, and his book on the philosophical implications of quantum theory, Quantum Physics: Illusion or Reality? , is in its fourth edition and has been translated into six different languages.
Table of Contents
1. Quantum physics is not rocket science
2. Waves and particles
3. Power from the quantum
4. Metals and insulators
5. Semiconductors and computer chips
7. Spic doctoring
8. What does it all mean?