Beyond Weird

ISBN: 9781847924582 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2018 Autor: Philip Ball Editură: Bodley Head Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 384 Stoc: Stoc limitat

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‘I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.’
Richard Feynman wrote this in 1965 – the year he was awarded the Nobel prize in physics for his work on quantum mechanics.

Quantum physics is regarded as one of the most obscure and impenetrable subjects in all of science. But when Feynman said he didn’t understand quantum mechanics, he didn’t mean that he couldn’t do it – he meant that’s all he could do. He didn’t understand what the maths was saying: what quantum mechanics tells us about reality.

Over the past decade or so, the enigma of quantum mechanics has come into sharper focus. We now realise that quantum mechanics is less about particles and waves, uncertainty and fuzziness, than a theory about information: about what can be known and how.

This is more disturbing than our bad habit of describing the quantum world as ‘things behaving weirdly’ suggests. It calls into question the meanings and limits of space and time, cause and effect, and knowledge itself.

The quantum world isn’t a different world: it is our world, and if anything deserves to be called ‘weird’, it’s us. This exhilarating book is about what quantum maths really means – and what it doesn’t mean.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Philip Ball
Data Publicarii
2018
Editura
Bodley Head
Inaltime
21
Latime
13
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
384
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