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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

John Polkinghorne

May 2002

ISBN: 9780192802521

128 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



In simple language, without mathematics, this book explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day. It offers the general reader access to one of the greatest discoveries in the history of physics and one of the oustanding intellectual achievements of the twentieth century.

  • Central ideas of quantum theory presented entirely without mathematics
  • Author is a renowned authority in the subject, and is also known for his writings on science and religion
  • Accessible, concise, exciting introduction to a part of physics which has revolutionized our thinking about the world
  • Based on John Polkinghorne's very successful The Quantum World - now completely revised and updated

About the Author(s)

John Polkinghorne, Formerly Professor of Mathematical Physics at University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

    1.:Classical cracks
    2.:The light dawns
    3:Darkening Perplexities
    4:Further developments
    6:Lessons and meanings


John Polkinghorne has brought to life that most mysterious and perplexing of revolutions in understanding and has made its mysteries accessible. - Peter Atkins, University of Oxford

John Polkinghorne has produced an excellent piece of work. ... Many authors of "popular" books on modern physics have the regrettable habit of mixing science fact with science fiction. Polkinghorne never does that: he always allows the truth to stand by itself and show its own fascination. ... I think that this is an excellent contribution to the literature on quantum theory for a general audience. - Chris Isham, Imperial College, London

This splendid book explains both the triumph and the mystery that is quantum theory. It is a triumph because of its towering mathematical structure, and amazing empirical accuracy. It is a mystery because of the conundrums about how to interpret it. John Polkinghorne, himself a distinguished quantum physicist, is a sure guide to all of this: he celebrates the successes of the theory, and shows unfailingly good judgement about the conundrums. - Jeremy Butterfield, University of Oxford

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