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John Gribbin

In search of Schrodinger's cat

Nowadays there are plenty of books to choose from if you want a simple introduction to quantum theory, but back in 1984 John Gribbin's In search of Schrödinger's cat was one of only a handful of such books. The question is whether it is worth reading a book which was written that long ago, when the subject has certainly moved on. Well, there's plenty of information here but the book takes a more historical viewpoint than most. If you want to find out about how the subject came about then you should take a look at this easy to read book.

After a look at the early questions about whether matter and radiation are continuous or discrete the book describes the work at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries such as the study of radioactivity, the photoelectric effect and Bohr's model of the atom. It then moves on to the revolution in the subject in the mid 1920's. Gribbin also looks at some of the applications of quantum theory such as microelectronics and the laser. The later part of the book takes a more detailed look at some of the paradoxical aspects of quantum theory

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Paperback 304 pages  
ISBN: 0552125555
Salesrank: 4351
Weight:0.62 lbs
Published: 1985 Black Swan
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Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no nuclear power or nuclear weapons, no TV, no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an ever more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, superconductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's Cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.