“This unique book can also be highly recommended as supplementary reading, even in the absence of actual ‘hands-on’ participation in the many projects described.” (Contemporary Physics, 6 December 2013
From the Back Cover
Build an intuitive understanding of the principles behind quantum mechanics through practical construction and replication of original experiments
With easy-to-acquire, low-cost materials and basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry, Exploring Quantum Physics through Hands-on Projects takes readers step by step through the process of re-creating scientific experiments that played an essential role in the creation and development of quantum mechanics.
Presented in near chronological orderfrom discoveries of the early twentieth century to new material on entanglementthis book includes question- and experiment-filled chapters on:
Light as a Wave
Light as Particles
Atoms and Radioactivity
The Principle of Quantum Physics
The Uncertainty Principle
Schrödinger (and his Zombie Cat)
From simple measurements of Planck's constant to testing violations of Bell's inequalities using entangled photons, Exploring Quantum Physics through Hands-on Projects not only immerses readers in the process of quantum mechanics, it gives them insight into the history of the fieldhow the theories and discoveries apply to our world not only today, but also tomorrow.
By immersing readers in groundbreaking experiments that can be performed at home, school, or in the lab, this first-ever, hands-on book successfully demystifies the world of quantum physics for all who seek to explore itfrom science enthusiasts and undergrad physics students to practicing physicists and engineers.