Quantum Physics: A Beginner's Guide Paperback – 1 Jul 2005
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"An accessible introduction to the field and assumes no prior knowledge; A comprehensive and up to date review." (Scientific and Medical Network)
"Few appreciate how deeply quantum physics affects so many aspects of our everyday 21st century world, so Rae's emphasis on the practical impact of abstract concepts is very welcome." (Professor Sir Michael Berry - Royal Society Research Fellow, Bristol University)|"Rae has done an impressive job. Any reader who is prepared to put in a little effort will come away from this book with not only an understanding of the basics of some important practical applications of the theory but also some appreciation of why its conceptual foundations are still the subject of such spirited debate." (Professor Anthony Leggett - winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physics)See all Product Description
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But I was quite disappointed. Leaving aside the errors (quite a few, from typos to others picked in other reviews - all this gives an impression of lack of attention, and journalistic urge to publish something), I was still left hungry for an explanation of things and introduction to the approach that I could grasp. I did not find that. May be it's me ?
Three chapters are quite helpful: Nb 1, Nb 2, and Nb 8. The bulk in the middle seems to want to prove that everything is due to quantum physics, and that without quantum physics humanity would have been left without fire.
Well, I did not give up and bought Chad Orzel's book, which in my opinion is a better choice for the purpose I had.
In successive chapters an insight is given into how materials acquire their large-scale chemical, physical and electrical properties by reason of what is going on at the level of electron, photon or atom. The way these particles are able to act with a concerted weirdness then seems just as reasonable as their bizarre individual behaviour.
The maths would be even easier to follow if more care had been taken with proofreading. Errors are confined mostly to the panels of mathematical details (where parameters annoyingly come and go like quantum particles) but there are also some in the main text (see posted comments).
Historical background is sketchy. We read: "James Clerk Maxwell . . . around 1860 showed the aether postulate was unnecessary". Arguably, it was he who started this entire goose chase; Michelson and Morley were still on the trail in 1887 and famously drew a blank; a kludge was proposed in 1892 by Lorentz; Einstein cleared things up a bit in 1905 - but the hunt ran and ran.
A brief analysis of how quantum indeterminacy might actually come about is presented in a well-argued short chapter at the end. If this stimulates further interest, then get the excellent companion volume Quantum Physics - Illusion or Reality. Both books are rewarding reads.
The important property of superconductivity has a dedicated chapter. I would have perhaps liked this to lead into a discussion of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as this is an application of quantum physics that many will have encountered but few understand. There is a discussion of the role of quantum mechanics in information processing, including cryptography and quantum computers. I did get the impression the Professor Rae is somewhat sceptical of the practicalities of constructing a quantum computer - indeed there are a significant number of difficulties that will need to be overcome before they become a reality so to speak.
The final chapter discusses some of the problems that are associated with quantum mechanics.Read more ›
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For a beginners to Quantum Physics I still think there is work to be done on this as it is still quite hard to understand, well for me it is anyway.Published 7 months ago by Sandra
It is easy to follow and a good read, the format could have been more invitingPublished 12 months ago by mairelouise
Very good and full of all the explanations you will need as a beginner in this interesting field.Published 14 months ago by Geoffrey John Paul
All the Quantum Physics books are just fine, both in content and presentation. I am thoroughly enjoying themPublished 16 months ago by Michael Eames