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Alice in Quantumland

Alice in Quantumland by Robert Gilmore. Illustrations by author.

Published by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1995. Paperback.

ISBN: 0387914951

The landscape of Quantum Physics is explored by sending Alice to Quantumland, where each character she encounters explains a different aspect of quantum theory. Includes sections on the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions and the Pauli Principle. Even I understood some of it. Briefly.

From the publisher’s notes:

Alice falls through the screen of her television set and finds herself in Quantumland. This is a place where she encounters unusual characters who demonstrate to her the basics of quantum physics.

  • She meets electrons, whose positions must be uncertain unless they are moving rapidly
  • She visits the Heisenberg Bank and sees particles get short term energy loans
  • She talks to the Uncertain Accountant who cannot make his books balance because of energy fluctuations.
  • She meets the Quantum and Classical Mechanics at the Mechanic’s Institute and sees demonstrations of interference in their Gedanken room.
  • At the Fermi Bose Academy she is told how the Pauli Principle deals with hundreds of identical electron students.
  • From the Mendeleev Pier she explores the energy levels within an atom.
  • She visits Castle Rutherford, the home of the nuclear Family.
  • The three Quark Brothers explain the composition of strongly interacting particles at the Particle MASSquerade.

Available on amazon here.




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