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Quantum Paradoxes: Quantum Theory for the Perplexed

ISBN: 978-3-527-40391-2
299 pages
April 2005
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A Guide through the Mysteries of Quantum Physics!
Yakir Aharonov is one of the pioneers in measuring theory, the nature of quantum correlations, superselection rules, and geometric phases and has been awarded numerous scientific honors. The author has contributed monumental concepts to theoretical physics, especially the Aharonov-Bohm effect and the Aharonov-Casher effect.
Together with Daniel Rohrlich, Israel, he has written a pioneering work on the remaining mysteries of quantum mechanics. From the perspective of a preeminent researcher in the fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics, the text combines mathematical rigor with penetrating and concise language. More than 200 exercises introduce readers to the concepts and implications of quantum mechanics that have arisen from the experimental results of the recent two decades.
With students as well as researchers in mind, the authors give an insight into that part of the field, which led Feynman to declare that "nobody understands quantum mechanics".

* Free solutions manual available for lecturers at www.wiley-vch.de/supplements/
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Table of Contents

The Use of Paradox
How to Weigh a Quantum
Is Quantum Theory Complete?
Phases and Gauges
Modular Variables
Nonlocality and Causality
Quantum Measurements
Measurement and Compensation
Quantum Cats
A Quantum Arrow of Time?
Superselection Rules
Quantum Slow Dance
Charges and Fluxons
Quantum Measurements and Relativity
How to Observe a Quantum Wave
Weak Values
Weak Values and Entanglement
The Quantum World
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Author Information

Professor Yakir Aharonov, born in 1932, studied physics at Technion in Haifa, Israel, and Bristol University, England, where he received his PhD in 1960. He currently works as Professor of Physics at the University of Tel Aviv and the University of South Carolina. Professor Aharonov's research interests are nonlocal and topological effects in quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum field theories, and interpretations of quantum mechanics. Professor Aharonov is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Daniel Rohrlich, born in 1954, received his Ph.D. in physics in 1986 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He works as a researcher and lecturer at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel. His research interests include fundamental aspects and effects of quantum mechanics, quantum information, mesoscopic and cold-atom physics, and path integrals.
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"This is a wonderful book for everyone who wishes to deep the knowledge and understanding of the foundations of quantum mechanics.[...] As a whole, "Quantum Paradoxes. Quantum Theory for the Perplexed" is an exclusively rare and inspirational book on quantum mechanics that explores the never-ending mysterious quantum paradoxes to bring the readers to the QuantumWonderland. This book I do believe should be recommended to everyone."
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