The Ghost in the Atom (A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics) 1st Edition
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- ASIN : 0521457289
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780521457286
- ISBN-13 : 978-0521457286
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #996,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The interview with John Bell is worth buying the book by itself. Deep insights from the man who created the most important puzzle in physical science and philosophy.
This book will make you question reality in important new ways.
It is difficult to measure things that move very close to the speed of light and recent advances in acoustic switching allowed some tentative experiments to proceed. This book reviews the work of Dr. Alain Aspect and his attempts to simultaneously measure two "identical" particles as they race away from a nucleus.
I studied "modern physics" under Dr. Carroll Alley who very much had a hand in the development of these techniques and was an avowed fan of Dr. Aspect. It is very easy to get carried away and extend quantum physics scale properties to large objects or people. I remember Dr. Alley's advice on such flights of fancy, which is a sore point for many physicists: don't be afraid to relocate a book to the fiction section of the store.
More recent books on the subject include "Quantum Enigma" by Rosenberg and Kutner and Roger Penrose's "The Emperor's new Mind". If you enjoy fictional attempts at applying quantum mechanics to everyday life, I recommend "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson or "Cosmic Banditos" by anonymous. Cheers