The Quantum Universe

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The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen
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Hardcover edition
Author Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Physics, quantum mechanics
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Allen Lane
Publication date
29 October 2011
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 272 pp.
ISBN 978-1846144325
Preceded by Wonders of the Universe
Followed by Wonders of Life

The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen is a 2011 book by the theoretical physicists Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.

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The book aims to provide an explanation of quantum mechanics and its impact on the modern world that is accessible to a general reader. The authors say that "our goal in writing this book is to demystify quantum theory". Starting with the concepts of wave–particle duality and a non-technical description of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the book explains the uncertainty principle, energy levels in atoms, the physics of semi-conductors and transistors, and the Standard Model of particle physics. A more mathematical Epilogue discusses the role of quantum mechanics in models of stellar evolution, and derives the Chandrasekhar limit for the maximum mass of a stable white dwarf.

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