Item description for The Demon and the Quantum: From the Pythagorean Mystics to Maxwell's Demon and Quantum Mystery by Robert J. Scully & Marian O. Scully...
This book explains the connection between Maxwell's Demon and the role of the observer and quantum eraser, showing that information science, thermodynamics and quantum physics are closely related. By focusing on entropy, information, and observation, the authors bring a unique perspective to this subject, providing an insight into the strange ways of the quantum that will fascinate scientists and lay readers alike.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2007
ISBN 3527406883 ISBN13 9783527406883
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More About Robert J. Scully & Marian O. Scully
Marlan O. Scully holds joint appointments at Texas A&M and Princeton Universities. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. During the course of his life work on the foundations and applications of quantum mechanics, he has come to know many of the pioneers in the field and has collected biographical material on them, which R. Scully has woven into this book. Robert J. Scully is a heavy equipment diesel mechanic living and working in Irving, Texas, where he is employed by the Caterpillar Corporation. His academic connections include the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Dallas. He was a tank diesel mechanic in the marine corps from 1988 to 1993. Robert Scully writes biographies for the National Academy of Sciences, including one on William Hewlett of the Hewlett Packard Corporation and one on quantum physicist Leonard Mandel.
Marlan O. Scully was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Texas A & M University.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Demon and the Quantum: From the Pythagorean Mystics to Maxwell's Demon and Quantum Mystery?
Excellent! Well done!! Easy to follow, fun to read!!! Jun 17, 2008
This is the best thermodynamics book I have ever read. Easy to follow, fun to read! Great stories, pictures, and diagrams help to place the science in historical context and make it very easy to remember. End notes present added detail in nice, easy to read fashion, making no assumption regarding previous knowledge of subject material--truly a book for the layman!! Hats off to the authors for a job well done!!! Highly recommend!!
Well Done! May 27, 2008
The Demon and the Quantum is one of the best explanations of the second law of thermodynamics and the entropy concept I have seen. It used simple examples and places things in historical context, which made it fun to read. Highly recommended!
Fields of science joined Jan 29, 2008
It's not often that one finds quantum mechanics and entropy between the covers of the same book. The Scullys do an admirable job of showing how some of the most modern thinking and experimenting on quantum phenomena are related to classical problems in thermodynamics. Like so many books on science for the "general reader," this one is hardly easy going for the non-expert, but committed science buffs and physics students should find it interesting and enlightening. Much of the "hard-core" science is in lengthy "end notes." The main text still takes concentrated effort to follow, but it is leavened with a good many biographical snippets. If you want to know what quantum erasure is, this book is the place to look.