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Through Two Doors at Once

The Elegant Experiment that Captures the Enigma of our Quantum Reality

Anil Ananthaswamy

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Duckworth
01 March 2020
The clearest, most accessible explanation yet, of the amazing world of quantum mechanics. How can matter behave both like a particle and a wave? Does a particle exist before we look at it or does the very act of looking bring it into reality? Are there hidden elements to reality missing from the orthodox view of quantum physics? And is there a place where the quantum world ends and our perceivable world begins? Many of science's greatest minds have grappled with these questions embodied by the simple yet elusive double-slit experiment. Thomas Young devised it in the early 1800s to show that light behaves like a wave, and in doing so opposed Isaac Newton's theories. Nearly a century later, Albert Einstein showed that light comes in particles, and the experiment became key to a fierce debate with Niels Bohr over the nature of reality. Richard Feynman held that the double slit embodies the central mystery of the quantum world. Hypothesis after hypothesis, scientists have returned to this ingenious experiment to help them answer the deep questions about the fabric of our universe. With his extraordinary gift for making the complicated comprehensible, Anil Ananthaswamy travels around the world and through history, down to the smallest scales of physical reality we have yet fathomed for the answers. AUTHOR: Anil Ananthaswamy is an award-winning journalist who contributes regularly to New Scientist, as well as writing for Nature, National Geographic News, Discover, The Wall Street Journal and the Literary Review. He is the recipient of the Book of the Year award from Physics World (2010), the Nautilus Book Award (2015) and was longlisted for the Pen/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award (2016). He lives in London.
By:   Anil Ananthaswamy
Imprint:   Duckworth
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780715653920
ISBN 10:   071565392X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anil Ananthaswamy is an award-winning journalist and former deputy news editor and staff writer at New Scientist. He has also written for Nature, Scientific American, Discover, Quanta and the Literary Review. He won the Book of the Year award from Physics World (2010), the best investigative journalism award from the Association of British Science Writers (2013) and was longlisted for the Pen/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award (2016). He is currently a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

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