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Exact title of the book
Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality
Book author
Valerio Scarani
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
125 pages
Language
English
Published
March 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
File size (in PDF)
500 kB
Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality

Some brief overview of book

Quantum physics is often perceived as a weird and abstract theory, which physicists must use in order to make correct predictions. But many recent experiments have shown that the weirdness of the theory simply mirrors the weirdness of phenomena: it is Nature itself, and not only our description of it, that behaves in an astonishing way. This book selects those, among these typical quantum phenomena, whose rigorous description requires neither the formalism, nor an important background in physics.

The first part of the book deals with the phenomenon of single-particle interference, covering the historical questions of wave-particle duality, objective randomness and the boundary between the quantum and the classical world, but also the recent idea of quantum cryptography. The second part introduces the modern theme of entanglement, by presenting two-particle interference phenomena and discussing Bell's inequalities. A concise review of the main interpretations of quantum physics is provided.