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Where Does The Weirdness Go?: Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange, But Not As Strange As You Think

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Few revolutions in science have been more far-reaching—but less understood—than the quantum revolution in physics. Everyday experience cannot prepare us for the sub-atomic world, where quantum effects become all-important. Here, particles can look like waves, and vice versa; electrons seem to lose their identity and instead take on a shifting, unpredictable appearance that ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 20th 1997 by Basic Books (first published 1996)
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Mishehu
Jan 07, 2015 Mishehu rated it it was amazing
Is my iPhone still there when I look away? Is a Mamwich both a sandwich and a meal? Was my 4th grade teacher simultaneously a swine and an angel? These aren't exactly the questions this book considers, but they're in keeping with the subject matter: quantum strangeness. Lest anyone say otherwise, the quantum world is a very strange world. And it's no less strange to me for having read this book. But I do have a far deeper understanding of what quantum physics is, why it's so powerful, and how it ...more
Rochelle
Jul 14, 2016 Rochelle rated it it was ok
It's hard to talk about how I feel about this book but I'll summarize:

1. I love the title, it's why I bought the book.

2. It is an interesting topic written by someone knowledgeable in the field

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3. It has a horrible layout.

4. It is excessively repetitive and alternates between very complex ideas to ludicrously oversimplified "examples" with almost no lead ins. It's enough to give you whiplash.

5. It's very dry. I had to put the book down for a few weeks and come back to it.

AND 6. It does not
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Ben
Jun 06, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it
Clear, direct writing on severak of the more interesting puzzles surfaced by quantum mechanics over the last century. The topics will be familiar to readers of Brian Greene's popular explorations of the same ground, but Lindley's book has the advantage of a tighter focus on QM rather than physics generally.

The book explores the ambiguity of what "measurement" really means in a world driven at its core by quantum fuzziness. The Copenhagen interpretation declares by fiat that measurements occur wi
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Pvw
Apr 20, 2011 Pvw rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
I was expecting a broad and understandable introduction into quantum mechanics. The book only partly delivers. Throughout, it is an arduous plea for the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. That roughly states that you shouln't be concerned with what nature is really like, and only accept the fact that the calculations fit. It says that nature is inexplicable and you just better live with it.

Now that may be right, so I'm partially convinced. What I didn't like about the book is that t
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Si Barron
Jun 20, 2015 Si Barron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informative, science
A very well written, pithy book on the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.

This book is a good example of how to write an informative and witty primer without the extraneous guff that so many modern authors (or more likely their editors) feel the need to burden the reader with.

It is perhaps 250 pages long but it seems shorter (in a good way). It is a breeze to read (the writing is clear, concise, engaging and elegant); it presents everything that is applicable and relevant to the su
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Jonathan Katz
I remembering reading this book at times with my mom, but it originally made me interested in physics.
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