Alistair Rae

Quantum Physics:Illusion or Reality

The interpretation of quantum theory is often presented as an obscure topic, with links to mystical philosophies. Alistair Rae's Quantum Physics:Illusion or reality? is a non-technical introduction to the subject and does a lot to clear up the mysteries. He starts with by looking at the dual particle/wave nature of light and matter, and in particular experiments involving the polarisation of light. Chapter 3 on Bell's inequalities has a few equations, but they are all fairly simple. Rae then gets on to the different interpretations of quantum theory, pointing out that they all tend to have similar flaws.

Rae starts with Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and then goes on to look at the idea that conscious observation plays a part. He also considers the the many-worlds interpretation. In the last few chapters Rae put forward some of his own ideas on what will be needed to understand quantum theory properly. He points out the for more experiments, such as finding out how much superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) behave as simple quantum systems. He also looks at the contribution of thermodynamics and chaos to the subject, leading up to Prigogene's ideas on the measurement problem, which seem to be Rae's favoured way forward.

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The concept of Quantum Physics led Einstein to state that "God does not play dice". The difficulty he, and others, had with Quantum Physics was the great conceptual leap it requires taking from conventional ways of thinking about the physical world. Alastair Rae's introductory exploration into this area has been hailed as a "masterpiece of clarity" and is an engaging guide to the theories offered. This revised edition contains a new chapter covering theories developed during the past decade. Alastair Rae has been a Lecturer, a Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Quantum Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Birmingham from 1967-2003. His publications include the First Edition of Quantum Physics, (Cambridge, 1994) and Quantum Mechanics (Institute of Physics, 2002), now in its Fourth Edition. First Edition Pb (1994): 0-521-46716-0