Quantum Physics For Dummies
ISBN: 1118460820
EAN13: 9781118460825
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 29, 2013
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 9.2" L x 7.3" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Your plain-English guide to understanding and working with the micro world

Quantum Physics For Dummies,
Revised Edition helps make quantum physics understandable and accessible. From what quantum physics can do for the world to understanding hydrogen atoms, readers will get complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help them tackle the tough equations. Compatible with classroom text books and courses, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition lets students study at their own paces and helps them prepare for graduate or professional exams. Coverage includes:

  • The Schrodinger Equation and its Applications
  • The Foundations of Quantum Physics
  • Vector Notation
  • Spin
  • Scattering Theory, Angular Momentum, and more

Quantum physics -- also called quantum mechanics or quantum field theory -- can be daunting for even the most dedicated student or enthusiast of science, math, or physics. This friendly, concise guide makes this challenging subject understandable and accessible, from atoms to particles to gases and beyond. Plus, it's packed with fully explained examples to help you tackle the tricky equations like a pro

  • Compatible with any classroom course -- study at your own pace and prepare for graduate or professional exams
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   Not for Dummies.
Looks like a shallow rip from the authors's class lectures. In teaching these concepts, Feynman is not. A bit personable, with weak attempts to be dry. Concepts and terms are thrown without a thorough explanation or detail at the reader. It is as if the author knows that he thinks so well about these tidbits that everyone must know them presumptively. I can learn from it because I do have a background in physics, but it assumes too much knowledge for its readers. Worse, it neglects filling in the details of the building block concepts as well as what they lead to.
   Definitely supplemental and not for the average bear
I love the For Dummies line and I admit that I stretched it a lot when I selected this book in the hopes that I would have an inkling of quantum physics after reading it. Well, I still don 't have much of an inkling and I had to give it to my son, who is familiar with quantum physics, for his opinion about the book, because I stumbled my way through the first chapter, I got lost after that. One, he said that it isn 't for the average person who wants to dabble in the subject, because the terminology and formulas presented require more than a passing interest. Two, it is a supplementary reference and not meant to be the start or end of the subject, which the book states in the back cover in that it is compatible '' with any course. With that said, he found it interesting and a good reference for someone with more than a dabbling interest in the subject, so when I asked what rating he'd give it, he said about 4 stars.
   Right up my quirky nerd mind alley. LOL.
This is a book that requires some work to understand on the part of the readers and does well into the themes. It is not particularly a book for those who have not read books or had lectures on subjects such as mathematics, physics and other related topics. Essentially, if you have taken quantum classes or know related materials, but haven 't taken supporting physics, then this is where you need to understand what is in this book. Say a precursor to actually going out and taking the college class or a way for you to decide if you want to take quantum physics classes. This is truly written for the undergrad, who is taking the course or trying to decide if they really want to take it. If you enjoy reading it and then going through the proofs, take the full class. If you want to draw your hair out and throw the book across the room after a short time, you should steer clear of the subject and look at a different field of study...
   Not actually for dummies.
This book is 90% mathematical equations, 10% reading about quantum physics. If I had known, I would not have selected this volume. I am not exactly a math person, but I have a good love of the topic and would like to know more. This book was not written for someone like me. This book is for a College - Level person in this field or someone with great calculus - knowledge and a love for this area, or an extremely bright high school student looking to go into this field in college who also has extensive calculus - knowledge. I think that naming this book as a Dummies book is actually a stretch. This book was so far over my head because of math, and I was very disappointed. I was hoping for more text explaining general history and concepts and an introduction to mathematics so that someone like me could get a more solid footing on the concepts laid out. Maybe a dumber dummies book is in order?
   I Love Math and Physics But Hate This Book!
When the author wrote, I 'll spare you the algebra... that really pissed me off! If the extra steps make the book too long, he should have written three books, one for beginners, one for intermediates, and one for advanced students. This way I could start at the bottom and work my way up to the top. Well, Oh. This book does a little of that, but usually the author throws a plethora of concepts with little or no explanation at you and then buries them in math with occasional errors and missing steps. I actually felt like I was learning something ''.
   Filled with page after page of mathematical equations.
I did not like this book because I thought it would describe quantum physics and how everything is interconnected at the subatomic level and that it would also discuss time and space. But this book has just page after page of mathematical equations, with a little bit of text that I do not understand. So I am buying another book called quantum physics for beginners '' and hope it is much better. I am disappointed with this particular book for dummies because it should be classified as a book for advanced mathematicians, not beginners. I am thus stuck with a book that I do not like or want.
   I'm apparently dumber than a Dummy.
This book is literally filled with major equations that would cause math a major difficulty in deciphering. I '' am pretty good at math, and I'm pretty good at figuring things out, but this book for dummies was no help at all in helping me understand even the basics of quantum physics. Hey, I have an idea that they should rename the book mathematical physics for quantum wizards with PhDs.
   A great overview of quantum physics
My knowledge of physics is fairly good, having studied it in college. In quantum mechanics, I get quickly dusted. I hope that this book will give me a basic understanding. This is not a once-over-lightly book and will require some time and effort to read it.
I took several classes in quantum mechanics in college 30 years ago. A vaguely remember some of the calculus and linear algebra and calculation eigenvectors. College, however, did nothing to explain why I did this and the significance of it. I now enjoy learning as I ask the what, why, when and who more questions. I hoped that this book would do that, being for dummies. The preview page of black body radiation was exactly what I was looking for, so I bought it. That was, anyway, the last readable page of the whole book. The rest is all math - calculations and random stuff that is not readable to me. By dummies, they mean someone who is already versed in quantum physics. Total waste of time and money :
   Outrageous This Book Made it To Market
Shame on printing a dummies book that is less than accessible to the average human! There is much more to quantum physics, in theory, explanations and simplicity, that could reach millions of hungry minds if this book embraced a sense of down to Earth gracious explanations. The mathematical professor who wrote the book with, no doubt, good intentions, might want to consider and edit his smarter holy than thou horse.