The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics

A Math-free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
Most of us are unaware of how much we depend on quantum mechanics on a day-to-day basis. Using illustrations and examples from science fiction pulp magazines and comic books, The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics explains the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics that underlie the world we live in.

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Baker & Taylor
Explains how everyday products were made possible by quantum mechanics, covering the Schrèodinger equation, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and nanoscience.

Blackwell Publishing
As a young science fiction fan, physicist James Kakalios marveled at the future predicted in pulp magazines, comics, and films. By 2010, he was sure we'd have flying cars, underwater cities, and robotic assistants. But what we ended up with---laptop computers, MRI machines, Blu-ray players, and dozens of other real-life marvels---are even more fantastic. In the Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, he explains why the developement of quantum physics enabled our amazing present day.

While touring the history of science fiction---everything from Jules Verne to monster movies of the fifties to the graphic novel Watchmen---Kakalios reveals the true challengers of the unknown: physicists such as Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schrodinger. Kakalios describes their groundbreaking discoveries and explains the three deceptively simple rules of quantum mechanics. With clear illustrations and straightforward analogies, Kakalios makes quantum mechanics understandable for us mere mortals, explaining everything from the periodic table to the atomic bomb. Kakalios then elucidates how an understanding of the fundamental properties of atoms and light made our modern lifestyle possible, enabling us to carry computers in our pockets, use laser light to store and read information, and see inside the human body. Finally, Kakalios looks to the future, outlining how quantum mechanics will continue to advance human progress, from the coming nanotechnology revolution to promising new sources of energy.

A winning blend of pop culture and hard science, The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics reveals the physics behind our world.

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The author of The Physics of Superheroes explains how everyday products were made possible by quantum mechanics, covering such topics as the Schrödinger equation, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and nanoscience. (This book is being re-listed in Forecast due to postponement.)

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781592404797
Branch Call Number: QC174.13 .K35 2010
Characteristics: xv, 318 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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