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The Quantum Divide


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Table of Contents

1: Physics Fundamentalism 2: The Duality of Particles and Waves: The Split Personality of Electrons 3: The Duality of Particles and Waves: Photons 4: More Fun With Photons: Photon Splitting and its Uses 5: Entanglement and Non-Locality: Spooky Actions at a Distance 6: Quantum Information, Quantum Cryptography, and Quantum Teleportation 7: Schroedinger's Cat and Leggett's SQUID: Quantum Effects on a Large Scale? 8: Quantum Philosophy Appendix A: A Quantum Mechanics Timeline Appendix B: Quantum Mechanics Experiments for Undergraduates

About the Author

Christopher Gerry is Professor of Physics at Lehman College, The City University of New York, where his areas of research include theoretical quantum optics, quantum information theory, quantum metrology and sensing, and group theoretical methods in quantum optics and quantum theory in general. Kimberley Bruno is Vice Principal of Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, New York.


... the agreeable style and exceptional clarity of the writing makes this book a great pleasure to read ... the value of the book is above all in its comprehensible accounts of some very important and subtle experimental work, accompanied by excellent diagrammatic illustrations of the relevant apparatus. I have not encountered a better exposition of these, and can heartily recommend the book on this basis. * Peter J. Bussey, Contemporary Physics *
An instructive and entertaining read - an excellent example of what 'popular science for scientists' should be. [...] It gives a balanced and up-to-date account of fascinating quantum phenomena well beyond the double-slit experiment and Schroedinger's cat paradox. It also advocates a more relaxed approach. Quantum mechanics is weird, but not that weird. * Nature Physics *
The burgeoning fields of quantum computing, information processing and simulation develop rapidly as a consequence of theoretical insight and technological developments. The latter have enabled us to take single atoms or ions and count single photons, and many of the thought experiments discussed in earlier treatments of quantum physics have now been conducted in laboratories. This lucid account by Gerry and Bruno presents a mature discussion of the link between the microscopic quantum and the macroscopic classical worlds and will be useful for professional physicists, students and the educated layman. * Ifan Hughes, Durham University *
Gerry and Bruno succeed in introducing the quantum world in a readable but not oversimplifi ed way. Their engaging and original account will particularly satisfy those who find popular texts on quantum mechanics lacking in technical detail. The Quantum Divide will leave readers understanding Feynmanas quote with its original intentanot as an admission of defeat but as an invitation to the fascinating world of quantum physics. * Dan Browne, Science *
Highly recommended. * M. Dickinson, CHOICE *

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