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Description - Where Does the Weirdness Go? by David Lindley

Few revolutions in science have been more far-reaching,but less understood,than the quantum revolution in physics. Everyday experience cannot prepare us for the sub-atomic world, where quantum effects become all-important. Here, particles can look like waves, and vice versa electrons seem to lose their identity and instead take on a shifting, unpredictable appearance that depends on how they are being observed and a single photon may sometimes behave as if it could be in two places at once. In the world of quantum mechanics, uncertainty and ambiguity become not just unavoidable, but essential ingredients of science,a development so disturbing that to Einstein "it was as if God were playing dice with the universe." And there is no one better able to explain the quantum revolution as it approaches the century mark than David Lindley. He brings the quantum revolution full circle, showing how the familiar and trustworthy reality of the world around us is actually a consequence of the ineffable uncertainty of the subatomic quantum world,the world we can't see.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465067862
ISBN-10: 0465067867
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 15mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Lindley

David Lindley, formerly a theoretical astrophysicist at Cambridge University in England and the Fermi National Accelerator labouratory in Illinois, has been an editor of the journals Nature and Science and is currently Associate Editor of Science News, in Washington, D.C. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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