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The Quantum Universe

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The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen
first edition
AuthorBrian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectPhysics, quantum mechanics
PublisherAllen Lane
Publication date
29 October 2011
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages272 pp.
Preceded byWonders of the Universe 
Followed byWonders of Life 

The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen is a 2011 book by the theoretical physicists Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.


The book aims to provide an explanation of quantum mechanics and its impact on the modern world that is accessible to a general reader. The authors say that "our goal in writing this book is to demystify quantum theory". Starting with the concepts of wave–particle duality and a non-technical description of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the book explains the uncertainty principle, energy levels in atoms, the physics of semi-conductors and transistors, and the Standard Model of particle physics. A more mathematical Epilogue discusses the role of quantum mechanics in models of stellar evolution, and derives the Chandrasekhar limit for the maximum mass of a stable white dwarf.

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