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Understanding Quantum Physics: An Advanced Guide for the Perplexed (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Shan Gao PhD

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Quantum physics is admittedly the most difficult subject to understand. Physicists, let alone students and laymen, are still puzzled by it today. As Richard Feynman once famously claimed, nobody understood quantum mechanics. The crux of the matter lies in the meaning of the mysterious wave function in the theory. An electron is represented by a wave function. But it remains unclear what physical state the mathematical wave function represents. Exactly what is an electron? Is it a spreading wave or a localized particle? If the electron is still a particle, then how does it move? e.g. how does a single electron pass through two slits?

This book will convincingly show that the real meaning of the wave function can already be unveiled based on the established parts of quantum mechanics. It turns out that electrons are still localized particles, but their motion is not continuous but discontinuous and random, displaying wave-like behavior. For example, in the double-slit experiment with single electrons, each electron passes through two slits at the same time in a random and discontinuous way. Moreover, the book also answers another three fundamental questions about quantum mechanics. How come the Schrödinger equation? Does the wave function collapse during a measurement? If yes, then why and how? Is quantum mechanics compatible with special relativity? If not, then how to solve the incompatibility problem? The original ideas of this book, if confirmed, may finally unveil the mysterious quantum world and make quantum physics comprehensible for everyone.

Book & Thoughts Reviews

This is an ambitious work that reflects admirable grip, and distinctive take, on much of the contemporary philosophy of quantum mechanics literature.
---- Reviewer of Philosophy of Science

The idea of using discontinuous motion as a realist interpretation of quantum mechanics is original.
---- Reviewer of Foundations of Physics

If it goes through, this would be an original and significant contribution to the debate over the nature of motion.
---- Reviewer of American Philosophical Quarterly

Its very existence is at any rate, an excellent illustration of the extent to which physical data force us to depart from commonsense ideas when we try to depict reality “as it really is”.
---- Bernard d'Espagnat, Templeton Prize 2009 Laureate, author of Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and On Physics and Philosophy


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 132 Seiten
  • Verlag: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing; Auflage: 2 (27. Juli 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Shan Gao is a theoretical physicist and philosopher of physics at the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Physics from University of Sydney. His major interests are foundations of quantum mechanics, philosophy of physics, history of modern physics, and philosophy of mind. His original ideas, including random discontinuous motion, quantum superluminal communication and quantum panpsychism, have been published in professional journals such as Foundations of Physics, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Minds and Machines, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and so on. He is the author of God Does Play Dice with the Universe, Quantum Physics: From Illusion to Reality, Understanding Quantum Physics: An Advanced Guide for the Perplexed and several other books. His first popular science book Quantum: A Historical and Logical Journey (in Chinese) is very successful, and it has sold more than ten thousands copies in China during the last few years. His new edited book Protective Measurements and Quantum Reality: Toward a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics will be published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press, and the list of contributors includes Yakir Aharonov et al. For more details please visit

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beware ! This is an advanced study... 11. April 2012
Von Yüksel Domanýç - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have studied the standard quantum mechanics by myself at some undergraduate level or may be somewhat above it. Yet this short book is far beyond it. Thus the readers should be warned beforehand about its level. Actually this is not a text book but rather a research paper where the author tries to present his ideas about the very foundations of the subject. Better to classify it as being about the interpretation of quantum mechanics. His ideas are quite original indeed, and seem to lead to a much better understanding of the subject. If brought in the form of a text book fully digestible after a conventional course it could lead to a far better understanding of the matter. It would be more and more appreciated if he could prepare a basic text book to teach quantum mechanics from the start based on his original and quite deep ideas and derivations. His derivation of Schroedinger equation and arguments about non linear quantum mechanics, meaning of wave function, wave collapse, quantum motion, conservation of energy & momentum etc. are striking and deep going indeed. But unfortunately they are somewhat beyond the conventional undergraduate level to digest fully and be followed exactly in this exceedingly summary form. If one could be patient and is qualified enough to fill all the gaps and glossed over definitions and concepts after repeated readings, then this would be a fantastic leap in her or his understanding and mastering of this basic and most important subject.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Advanced Guide - highly recommended 25. Mai 2012
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This is an excellent book but I would not recommend it for the layperson or beginner. It is what it is says, "An Advanced Guide." It does address fundamental issues, but those with no grasp of physics will most surely be left at a loss. If you do have a strong background in physics, you will find this the most wonderful, useful book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I am now keen to find more books by this brilliant theoretical physicist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simple AND advanced? 30. Juli 2013
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Not as simple as Shan Gao suggests, but an excellent read nevertheless. But, who really, rerally understands this stuff anyway. If you say you do, you don't.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen advanced it is 27. Mai 2013
Von Glenn A. Marin - Veröffentlicht auf
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Don't think this is a easy read... author takes one on a trip that requires a substantial background in quantum theory.. and suggests interpretations outside many traditional routes. If you are really into this subject, this is a must read, whether you think the counter views are substantiated or not.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Understanding Quantum Mechanics, a Synopsis 1. Oktober 2012
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Very excellent book containing specific detail on Quantum Mechanics, including development of detailed equations which are usually left out on most books at this level on Quantum Mechanics.
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