Quantum physics, mini black holes, and the multiverse : debunking common misconceptions in theoretical physics /

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Author / Creator:Nomura, Yasunori, author.
Imprint:Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2018.
Description:1 online resource (xiv, 212 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series:Multiversal journeys
Multiversal journeys.
Subject:Quantum theory.
Black holes (Astronomy)
Quantum physics (quantum mechanics & quantum field theory)
Relativity physics.
Impact of science & technology on society.
Statistical physics.
SCIENCE -- Energy.
SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- General.
SCIENCE -- Physics -- General.
Black holes (Astronomy)
Quantum theory.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11543626
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Other authors / contributors:Poirier, Bill, author.
Terning, John, 1962- author.
Nekoogar, Farzad, editor.
Digital file characteristics:text file PDF
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed February 27, 2018).
Summary:"Modern physics is rife with provocative and fascinating ideas, from quantum mechanics to the multiverse. But as interesting as these concepts are, they are also easy to understand. This book, written with deft hands by true experts in the field, helps to illuminate some of the most important and game-changing ideas in physics today." (Sean M. Carroll) "The Multiversal book series is equally unique, providing book-length extensions of the lectures with enough additional depth for those who truly want to explore these fields, while also providing the kind of clarity that is appropriate for interested lay people to grasp the general principles involved." (Lawrence M. Krauss) This book explores, explains and debunks some common misconceptions about quantum physics, particle physics, space-time, and Multiverse cosmology. It seeks to separate science from pseudoscience. The material is presented in layperson-friendly language, followed by additional technical sections which explain basic equations and principles. This feature is very attractive to non-expert readers who nevertheless seek a deeper understanding of the theories, and wish to explore beyond just the basic description. Multiversal Journeys™ is a trademark of Farzad Nekoogar and Multiversal Journeys, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Other form:Print version: 9783319417080
Standard no.:10.1007/978-3-319-41709-7
Table of Contents:
  • Intro; Preface; Contents; I. Misconceptions in Quantum Physics; 1. The Singular Quantum; 1.1. Why Is Quantum Physics Weird?; 1.2. What Do the Experts Say?; 1.3. What Hope Is There for the Rest of Us?; 1.4. What Material Will Be Covered?; 1.5. How to Use This Book; 2. The Bipolar Quantum: Wave-Particle Duality; 2.1. Wave, Particle, or "Wavicle''?; 2.2. Quantum Probability Waves; 2.3. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle; 3. Quantum Soccer: The Double-Slit Experiment; 3.1. A Reasonable Doubt; 3.2. Single-Slit Experiment: Classical; 3.3. Single-Slit Experiment: Quantum; 3.4. Double-Slit Experiment: Classical.
  • 3.5. Double-Slit Experiment: Quantum; 4. The Plural Quanta: Expanding the Wavefunction; 4.1. Many-Particle Wavefunctions; 4.2. Wavefunction Measurement; 4.3. Collapse and Schrödinger's Cat; 5. The "Spooky'' Quantum: Nonlocality; 5.1. Entanglement and Hidden Variables; 5.2. Bell's Theorem; 5.3. EPRB as a Game of Coin Toss: Classical Version; 5.4. EPRB as a Game of Coin Toss: Quantum Version; 5.5. Playing the ``What If?'' Game; 6. Where the Weird Things Are; 6.1. Where Are They? Where Are We?; 6.2. Interpretations of Quantum Physics; 6.3. Popular Depictions of Quantum Physics.
  • Appendix I: Looking Under the Hood: The Mathematical "Method'' Behind the "Madness''; Appendix II: Further Reading; Appendix III: Glossary; II. Misconceptions About Particles and Spacetime; 7. Particles; 7.1. What Are Particles?; 7.2. Atoms; 7.3. Seeing Atoms; 8. Mini Black Holes; 8.1. Black Holes; 8.2. Black Holes and Extra Dimensions; 9. Particle Colliders and the Universe; 9.1. The Higgs Boson; 9.2. Parallel Universes; 10. Physics in the News; 10.1. Cell Phone Radiation; 10.2. Cold Fusion; 11. Epilogue; 11.1. Spinach: A Cautionary Tale; 11.2. Moving Forward.
  • 12. Extra Material: The Equations Behind the Words; 12.1. Units and Coordinates; 12.2. Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity; 12.3. Quantum Mechanics and Scattering; 12.4. Gravity; 12.5. Black Holes; 12.6. Black Holes in Extra Dimensions; 12.7. The Large Hadron Collider; 12.8. Complex Numbers; 12.9. Group Theory: Rotations and Spinors; 12.10. The Higgs; 12.11. Fusion; Further Reading; More Technical Reading; Image Credits; III. Misconceptions about the Multiverse; 13. The Basic Picture; 13.1. Definition; 13.2. Motivation: Observational; 13.3. Motivation: Theoretical; 13.4. New Spacetime Picture.
  • 14. Demystifying the Multiverse; 14.1. Scientific and Conservative; 14.2. Anthropic ``Principle''; 15. Relation to Observation; Epilogue; References and Further Reading; Index.