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The Atomic World Spooky? It Ain't Necessarily So!

Emergent Quantum Mechanics, How the Classical Laws of Nature Can Conspire to Cause Quantum-Like Behaviour

Authors: van Holten, Theo

  • The book is the first formula-free exposé in popular form (intended for both physicists with a general interest, as well as for educated laymen) about the new field of "emergent quantum mechanics" 
  • Many figures and diagrams are used for the explanations
  • At the same time it describes new results in this field
  • A new, droplet-like model of electrons yields a replica of quantum mechanics (quantitatively correct), whereas until now the field of emergent quantum mechanics dealt with analogues of the atomic world
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The present book takes the discovery that quantum-like behaviour is not solely reserved to atomic particles one step further. If electrons are modelled as vibrating droplets instead of the usually assumed point objects, and if the classical laws of nature are applied, then exactly  the same behaviour  as in quantum  theory is found, quantitatively correct! The world of atoms is strange and quantum mechanics, the theory of this world, is almost magic. Or is it? Tiny droplets of oil bouncing round on a fluid surface can also mimic the world of quantum mechanics. For the layman - for whom the main part of this book is written - this is good news. If the everyday laws of nature can conspire to show up quantum-like phenomena, there is hope to form mental pictures how the atomic world works. 
The book is almost formula-free, and explains everything by using many sketches and diagrams. The mathematical derivations underlying the main text are kept separate in a -peer reviewed - appendix.  The author, a retired professor of Flight Mechanics and Propulsion at the Delft University of Technology, chose to publish his findings in this mixed popular and scientific form, because he found that interested laymen more often than professional physicists feel the need to form visualisations of quantum phenomena.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction and Outline

    Holten, Theo

    Pages 1-76

  • Strange Behaviour at Quantum Scale: The Full List

    Holten, Theo

    Pages 77-86

  • The Transition Region as Predicted by Quantum Mechanics

    Holten, Theo

    Pages 87-102

  • From Rigid Marble to Vibrating Droplet of Charge: Model Assumptions

    Holten, Theo

    Pages 103-109

  • Determining the Electromagnetic Self Forces

    Holten, Theo

    Pages 111-146

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-6239-234-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-6239-233-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Atomic World Spooky? It Ain't Necessarily So!
Book Subtitle
Emergent Quantum Mechanics, How the Classical Laws of Nature Can Conspire to Cause Quantum-Like Behaviour
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Atlantis Press
Copyright Holder
Atlantis Press and the author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-6239-234-2
DOI
10.2991/978-94-6239-234-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-6239-233-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 561
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations, 191 illustrations in colour
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