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

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Author / Creator: | Nomura, Yasunori, author. |
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Imprint: | Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2018. |

Description: | 1 online resource (xiv, 212 pages) : illustrations (some color) |

Language: | English |

Series: | Multiversal journeys Multiversal journeys. |

Subject: | Quantum theory. Black holes (Astronomy) Multiverse. Quantum physics (quantum mechanics & quantum field theory) Relativity physics. Impact of science & technology on society. Statistical physics. Physics. SCIENCE -- Energy. SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- General. SCIENCE -- Physics -- General. Black holes (Astronomy) Multiverse. Quantum theory. Electronic books. Electronic books. |

Format: | E-Resource Book |

URL for this record: | http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11543626 |

**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.