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Best Quantum Physics Books

Discover the wonders of quantum physics through this list of essential reads, distinguished and ranked based on their popularity in science-related articles.

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Best Quantum Physics Books
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Quantum Mechanics
The Theoretical Minimum
Leonard Susskind - 2014-02-25
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Learn the math and science behind quantum physics with this engaging DIY guide. Written by bestselling author Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman, Quantum Mechanics explores the strange world of sub-atomic particles and the mathematical abstractions used to understand them. Unlike other popularizations, this book embraces the weirdness of quantum logic and offers crystal-clear explanations of quantum states, uncertainty, entanglement, and more. With exercises in each chapter, this approachable yet rigorous introduction is perfect for amateur scientists looking to learn at their own pace.
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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
David J. Griffiths - 2004-04-10 (first published in 1994)
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This updated edition of a classic textbook on quantum mechanics covers the foundations of the subject in an accessible and engaging style. With new chapters on symmetries and applications to solid state physics, improved explanations, and more numerical problems to work on a computer, readers will gain a thorough understanding of the theory and emerge with a solid foundation for advanced work. The book strikes a good balance between mathematical rigor and practical examples, making it a great resource for students interested in one of the greatest products of the human mind.
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The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
Richard P. Feynman - 1988-10-01 (first published in 1985)
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Explore the universe of quantum electrodynamics with celebrated physicist Richard Feynman. In this classic introduction, Feynman breaks down complex concepts into everyday language using visualizations and his famous "Feynman diagrams." His humorous and engaging style makes QED accessible to the layperson, while A. Zee's introduction provides historical context. Don't miss this definitive guide to understanding the interactions of light with charged particles.
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Ryan Shea
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The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Brian Greene - 2004-01-01
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Explore the mysteries of space and time with one of the world's leading physicists in this grand tour of the universe. From the concept of space as an entity to the direction of time, Greene tackles non-intuitive concepts like String Theory and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies from common experience. Take an irresistible and revelatory journey to discover the new layers of reality that modern physics has uncovered lying just beneath our everyday world.
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A Guide for the Perplexed
Jim Al-Khalili - 2004-09-01 (first published in 2003)
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This fascinating book delves into the mind-bending world of quantum science. Follow a physicist on a journey through the basics of subatomic physics and explore the paradox of quantum mechanics. Marvel at the mysterious Dual Slit experiment and discover how quantum particles can remain connected no matter the distance. With its engaging tone and visually appealing layout, this book is a must-read for anyone curious about the unpredictable realm of quantum physics.
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The Age of Entanglement
When Quantum Physics Was Reborn
Louisa Gilder - 2008-11-11
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Explore the fascinating world of quantum physics and the mysterious phenomenon of “entanglement” in this compelling book. Drawing on the correspondence and memoirs of famous physicists from Einstein to Schrödinger, Louisa Gilder brings to life the pivotal debates of the twentieth century. Learn how entanglement went from being dismissed as “spooky action at a distance” to being recognized as a key concept in modern physics. The Age of Entanglement is a captivating read that sheds light on one of the most intriguing ideas in science.
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The Ghost in the Atom
A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics (Canto)
P. C. W. Davies - 1993-07-30 (first published in 1986)
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Explore the shocking impact of quantum theory with this riveting read. Physicists share their radically different views on the theory's significance in interviews conducted by author Paul Davies. Get ready to have your outlook on our relationship with the material world dramatically transformed.
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How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog
Orzel - 2010-01-10 (first published in 2009)
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Gain a unique perspective on quantum physics through the eyes of a talking dog named Emmy! Chad Orzel, a physics professor, uses Emmy's behavior to explain the basics of quantum mechanics in a clear and humorous way. Learn about concepts like the tunnel effect and quantum teleportation, and discover why they may be bizarre but important for dogs and humans alike.
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Mark Russinovich
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Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Sean Carroll - 2019-09-10
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Delve into the mind-bending world of quantum mechanics with this groundbreaking book by Sean Carroll, one of the world's top theoretical physicists. "Something Deeply Hidden" challenges long-held beliefs in physics, and offers a revolutionary new theory that changes everything we know about space and time. Carroll argues that there are many copies of us in the universe, generated thousands of times per second. His compelling case for the Many Worlds Theory will transform the way you view your place in the cosmos.
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Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality
Manjit Kumar - 2009-04-02 (first published in 2007)
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Discover the fascinating history of quantum theory with this dramatic and superbly-written book. For years, scientists themselves struggled with the mysterious and impenetrable subject. But author Manjit Kumar delves deep into the fundamental scientific revolution and the heated debate that surrounded it. Explore how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century, and how the pioneers of quantum theory were inspired by their irrational, romantic spirit. An essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story.
What Is Real? by Adam Becker
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Uncertainty by David Lindley
Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
The Theory of Almost Everything by Robert Oerter
Quantum Physics for Beginners by Carl J. Pratt
Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals by Richard P. Feynman
Quantum Physics for Dummies by Steven Holzner
The Second Creation by Robert P. Crease
Quantum Mechanics by Leslie E Ballentine
Dancing with Qubits by Robert S. Sutor
The Quantum World by Kenneth W. Ford
The Quantum Challenge by George Greenstein
Quantum Physics by Alistair I. M. Rae
Quantum Physics by John Townsend
Dance of the Photons by Anton Zeilinger
Computing with Quantum Cats by John Gribbin
Quantum Physics, Second Edition by Alastair I. M. Rae
Quantum Computing by Jack D. Hidary
The One by Heinrich Päs
Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking