by Chad Orzel

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: (December 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416572295
ISBN-13: 978-1416572299

When physics professor Chad Orzel went to the pound to adopt a dog, he never imagined Emmy. She wasn’t just a friendly mutt who needed a home. Soon she was trying to use the strange ideas of quantum mechanics for the really important things in her life: chasing critters, getting treats, and going for walks. She peppered Chad with questions: Could she use quantum tunneling to get through the neighbor’s fence and chase bunnies? What about quantum teleportation to catch squirrels before they climb out of reach? Where are all the universes in which Chad drops steak on the floor?
With great humor and clarity, Chad Orzel explains to Emmy, and to human readers, just what quantum mechanics is and how it works—and why, although you can’t use it to catch squirrels or eat steak, it’s still bizarre, amazing, and important to every dog and human.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction Why Talk to Your Dog about Physics? An Introduction to Quantum Physics 1
  • Chapter 1 Which Way? Both Ways: Particle-Wave Duality 9
  • Chapter 2 Where's My Bone? The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle 35
  • Chapter 3 Schrödinger's Dog: The Copenhagen Interpretation 55
  • Chapter 4 Many Worlds, Many Treats: The Many-Worlds Interpretation 81
  • Chapter 5 Are We There Yet? The Quantum Zeno Effect 105
  • Chapter 6 No Digging Required: Quantum Tunneling 119
  • Chapter 7 Spooky Barking at a Distance: Quantum Entanglement 139
  • Chapter 8 Beam Me a Bunny: Quantum Teleportation 165
  • Chapter 9 Bunnies Made of Cheese: Virtual Particles and Quantum Electrodynamics 189
  • Chapter 10 Beware of Evil Squirrels: Misuses of Quantum Physics 209
  • Acknowledgments 227
  • Further Reading 229
  • Glossary of Important Terms 231

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