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Published: 21 February 2013

212 Pages | 62 b/w illustrations


ISBN: 9780199666560

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The Quantum Divide

Why Schrödinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive

Christopher C. Gerry and Kimberley M. Bruno

  • Develops an easy understanding of quantum mechanics based on modern experiments performed over the past 30 years
  • Discusses why the Schrödinger state of a cat being simultaneously alive and dead can never be seen in the everyday world
  • Shows how quantum mechanics provides a consistent explanation of phenomena while an everyday, classical, picture of the world does not
  • Describes landmark experiments on single photons and electrons made possible by recent technological advances
  • Discusses quantum entanglement, quantum information processing, and quantum teleportation
  • Discusses the connection between quantum entanglement and quantum non-locality through the Hardy-Jordan version of Bell's Theorem
  • Discusses the observation of quantum behavior in large-scale quantum systems where one might otherwise expect only classical-like behavior
  • Discusses the issue of the quantum/classical divide, following the modern viewpoint that there is no quantum divide at all

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