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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

John Polkinghorne



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Oxford University Press
01 August 2002
Mathematics & Sciences; Quantum physics (quantum mechanics & quantum field theory); Quantum & theoretical chemistry
Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. In simple language, without mathematics, this book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day. It offers the general reader access to one of the greatest discoveries in the history of physics and one of the most outstanding intellectual achievements of the twentieth century.
By:   John Polkinghorne
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 112mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   111g
ISBN:   9780192802521
ISBN 10:   0192802526
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 August 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Classical cracks; 2. The light dawns; 3. Darkening Perplexities; 4. Further developments; 5. Togetherness; 6. Lessons and meanings

Reviews for Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

This splendid book explains both the triumph and the mystery that is quantum theory. It is a triumph because of its towering mathematical structure, and amazing empirical accuracy. It is a mystery because of the conundrums about how to interpret it. John Polkinghorne, himself a distinguished quantum physicist, is a sure guide to all of this: he celebrates the successes of the theory, and shows unfailingly good judgement about the conundrums. * Jeremy Butterfield, University of Oxford * John Polkinghorne has produced an excellent piece of work. ... Many authors of popular books on modern physics have the regrettable habit of mixing science fact with science fiction. Polkinghorne never does that: he always allows the truth to stand by itself and show its own fascination. ... I think that this is an excellent contribution to the literature on quantum theory for a general audience. * Chris Isham, Imperial College, London * John Polkinghorne has brought to life that most mysterious and perplexing of revolutions in understanding and has made its mysteries accessible. * Peter Atkins, University of Oxford *

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