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On the Inside of a Marble: From Quantum Mechanics to the Big Bang (Astronomers' Universe)

On the Inside of a Marble: From Quantum Mechanics to the Big Bang (Astronomers' Universe) Lowest new price: $17.54
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Author: Gavin Bascom

Keeping in mind that we can only see the universe from the comfort of our home galaxy, Bascom begins his text by meticulously laying the necessary groundwork to understand the Big Bang’s mathematics without using any equations. He then paints a freeze-frame picture of our universe as if we had taken a three-dimensional picture with a giant camera. Within this picture, he traces forces beginning with the smallest (a single atom) to the biggest (the cosmos), keeping in mind that in this frozen moment everything further away from the observer spatially is also further away from the observer in time; that is, older. Soon a very real and very vivid image of the Big Bang appears (especially in things that are loud or hot), echoing down through time and into our everyday lives, reflected in every atom during every measurement. Then, slowly but deliberately, Bascom unfreezes this picture, ratcheting each moment from one to the next, showing us how and why quantum particles are constantly in contact with the Big Bang and why that allows the particles to pop in and out of existence from moment to moment, what a photon is, and what exactly we mean when we say that free space has energy.

Whether you’re interested in the Big Bang, the weirdness of quantum mechanics, or simply enjoy thinking about the biggest, loudest, and oldest things in our universe, this book will help you question your deepest notions about time and space, while staying firmly rooted in empirical observation. Throughout the text, Bascom sidesteps traditional non-fiction modes, using colorful explanations and vivid imagery to place the reader in simultaneous contact with both the Big Bang and fundamental particles. As a result, Bascom provides the tools and language necessary to contemplate the strangeness of our universe.


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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition Lowest new price: $19.99
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Author: Albert Einstein

After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a book about relativity for a popular audience. His intention was "to give an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." The book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written. In the early 1920s alone, it was translated into ten languages, and fifteen editions in the original German appeared over the course of Einstein's lifetime.

This new edition of Einstein's celebrated book features an authoritative English translation of the text.

Published on the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, this handsome edition of Einstein's famous book places the work in historical and intellectual context while providing invaluable insight into one of the greatest scientific minds of all time.

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A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design

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Author: Frank Wilczek
Brand: Penguin Group USA

Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?
 
Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this “beautiful question.” With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. This is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.
 
Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras and the ancient belief in the music of the spheres to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth-century physics. Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost the same ones that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries.
 
Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page. Yes: The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.
 
Praise for A Beautiful Question:

“An expertly curated tour across 2,500 years of philosophy and physics . . . [Frank Wilczek] has accomplished a rare feat: Writing a book of profound humanity based on questions aimed directly at the eternal.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“Both a brilliant exploration of largely uncharted territories and a refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to developments in particle physics.” —Nature
 
“Inspiring and remarkably accessible . . . Wilczek’s language is lyrical and almost mystical. . . . Whatever the answer Nature will ultimately give us, we have the pleasure of engaging with an enlightened and humble mind.” —The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Quantum Computer Science: An Introduction

Quantum Computer Science: An Introduction Lowest new price: $62.23
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Author: N. David Mermin
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In the 1990's it was realized that quantum physics has some spectacular applications in computer science. This book is a concise introduction to quantum computation, developing the basic elements of this new branch of computational theory without assuming any background in physics. It begins with an introduction to the quantum theory from a computer-science perspective. It illustrates the quantum-computational approach with several elementary examples of quantum speed-up, before moving to the major applications: Shor's factoring algorithm, Grover's search algorithm, and quantum error correction. The book is intended primarily for computer scientists who know nothing about quantum theory, but will also be of interest to physicists who want to learn the theory of quantum computation, and philosophers of science interested in quantum foundational issues. It evolved during six years of teaching the subject to undergraduates and graduate students in computer science, mathematics, engineering, and physics, at Cornell University.

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Quantum Theory (Dover Books on Physics)

Quantum Theory (Dover Books on Physics) Lowest new price: $14.16
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Author: David Bohm
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This superb text by David Bohm, formerly Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts that have evolved outside and beyond classical theory. Although it presents the main ideas of quantum theory essentially in nonmathematical terms, it follows these with a broad range of specific applications that are worked out in considerable mathematical detail.
Addressed primarily to advanced undergraduate students, the text begins with a study of the physical formulation of the quantum theory, from its origin and early development through an analysis of wave vs. particle properties of matter. In Part II, Professor Bohm addresses the mathematical formulation of the quantum theory, examining wave functions, operators, Schrödinger's equation, fluctuations, correlations, and eigenfunctions.
Part III takes up applications to simple systems and further extensions of quantum theory formulation, including matrix formulation and spin and angular momentum. Parts IV and V explore the methods of approximate solution of Schrödinger's equation and the theory of scattering. In Part VI, the process of measurement is examined along with the relationship between quantum and classical concepts.
Throughout the text, Professor Bohm places strong emphasis on showing how the quantum theory can be developed in a natural way, starting from the previously existing classical theory and going step by step through the experimental facts and theoretical lines of reasoning which led to replacement of the classical theory by the quantum theory.

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Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition (In a nutshell)

Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition (In a nutshell) Lowest new price: $54.52
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Author: A. Zee
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Since it was first published, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell has quickly established itself as the most accessible and comprehensive introduction to this profound and deeply fascinating area of theoretical physics. Now in this fully revised and expanded edition, A. Zee covers the latest advances while providing a solid conceptual foundation for students to build on, making this the most up-to-date and modern textbook on quantum field theory available.

This expanded edition features several additional chapters, as well as an entirely new section describing recent developments in quantum field theory such as gravitational waves, the helicity spinor formalism, on-shell gluon scattering, recursion relations for amplitudes with complex momenta, and the hidden connection between Yang-Mills theory and Einstein gravity. Zee also provides added exercises, explanations, and examples, as well as detailed appendices, solutions to selected exercises, and suggestions for further reading.

  • The most accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook available
  • Features a fully revised, updated, and expanded text
  • Covers the latest exciting advances in the field
  • Includes new exercises
  • Offers a one-of-a-kind resource for students and researchers

Leading universities that have adopted this book include:

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • College of William & Mary
  • Cornell
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University - Main Campus
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Stanford University
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech University

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  • Princeton University Press

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The Possibility Principle: How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live, and Love

The Possibility Principle: How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live, and Love Lowest new price: $13.75
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Author: Mel Schwartz

How would you like to experience your life? It’s an intriguing question, and yet we’ve been conditioned to believe our life visions and goals are often unattainable—until now. With The Possibility Principle, psychotherapist Mel Schwartz offers a revolutionary approach to living the life we choose.

Though science has vastly expanded our knowledge, it has also led us to adopt a worldview where we see ourselves as insignificant specks living in a mechanical universe. Now, insights from quantum physics reveal that our universe is, in fact, a vibrantly intelligent reality and that each of us plays a vital role in shaping it. In this groundbreaking book, Schwartz shows us how to integrate this new quantum worldview into our everyday lives, allowing us to transcend our limitations and open to infinite possibilities.
 
The Possibility Principle reveals how we can apply the three core tenets of quantum physics—inseparability, uncertainty, and potentiality—to live the life we choose, free from the wounds of our past and the constraints of our old beliefs. You can learn to: 
  • Develop a mastery of your thinking as you free yourself from the replication of old thought patterns
  • Utilize the concept of wave collapse to realize that you are not imprisoned by your genes, brain chemistry, or past traumas
  • Overcome anxiety and depression through a shift of mind
  • Thrive in resilient relationships and develop powerful communication skills that foster empowerment and intimate connection
  • Embrace uncertainty to ride the waves of personal change

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Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals: Emended Edition (Dover Books on Physics)

Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals: Emended Edition (Dover Books on Physics) Lowest new price: $7.85
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Author: Richard P. Feynman
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From astrophysics to condensed matter theory, nearly all of modern physics employs the path integral technique. In this presentation, the developer of path integrals and one of the best-known scientists of all time, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard P. Feynman, presents unique insights into this method and its applications. Avoiding dense, complicated descriptions, Feynman articulates his celebrated theory in a clear, concise manner, maintaining a perfect balance between mathematics and physics.
This emended edition of the original 1965 publication corrects hundreds of typographical errors and recasts many equations for clearer comprehension. It retains the original's verve and spirit, and it is approved and endorsed by the Feynman family. The opening chapters explore the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics and introduce path integrals. Subsequent chapters cover more advanced topics, including the perturbation method, quantum electrodynamics, and the relation of path integrals to statistical mechanics. In addition to its merit as a text for graduate courses in physics, this volume serves as an excellent resource for professionals. 

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La Cruz de Tlaxcala (Spanish Edition)

La Cruz de Tlaxcala (Spanish Edition) Lowest new price: $14.50
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Author: José Seledonio Rubén García Badillo

Siendo seminarista surgió en mí una idea, convencí al señor obispo Luis Munive Escobar que se promoviera la causa de beatificación de mi paisano Cristóbalito, y los santos chamacos de Tizatlán, Toñito y Juanito, ya que desde niño conocí sus vidas y después fui el primer capellán de Santa María Atlihuetzian. Mi obispo Munive les agradeció que me regalaran los terrenos donde ahora está el Seminario, que también fue idea mía. Yo propuse en la comisión de la causa de la que formé parte, que la fecha de festividad fuera el 23 de septiembre, ya que en esa fecha en 1519 apareció la Gran Cruz en Tlaxcala y se predicó el Evangelio por primera vez. El CERN muestra dos cruces; la Cruz Tau en la que muere Jesús y la Cruz de Tlaxcala, que traerá la paz al mundo como afirmaron nuestros padres los senadores de Tlaxcala: "...La Cruz y esa gran claridad que de todas partes del mundo pareció venir, significaba LA PAZ UNIVERSAL" Dios Padre ordena La Creación; Cristo ejecuta con el Poder del Espíritu Santo; Cristo crea la primera Partícula de la Creación, donde ahora está la casa del Padre Rubén García Badillo, centro de Tlaxcala, México.


Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition) Lowest new price: $148.33
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Author: David J. Griffiths

This book first teaches learners how to do quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it means. Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. The book¿s two-part coverage organizes topics under basic theory, and assembles an arsenal of approximation schemes with illustrative applications. For physicists and engineers.

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