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    AUD $15.00

    Genius Richard Feynman and Modern Physics by Gleick, James

    London: Little, Brown. 1992. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Gift inscription to front free endpaper. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 532 pages A brilliant inter-weaving of Richard Feynman's colourful life and a detailed and accessible account of his theories and experiments . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Taking The Quantum Leap by Fred Alan Wolf

    Harper & Row, New York, 1981. 8th Edition or Higher. Softcover. Near Fine Condition/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 262 pp. Text is free of previous owner's markings. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing . Light general shelf wear to covers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Science & Technology; Quantum Theory; United States; 1980s; #59088; ISBN: 0062509802. ISBN/EAN: 9780062509802. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 44754. . 9780062509802


    AUD $50.05

    Searchlight on Psychical Research. A Record of 60 Years' Work -- Interwoven with an Intimate Biographical Sketch of Houdini by Rinn, Joseph F

    Rider & Company, London, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Photographic. Indexed, with frontispiece photographs, and 13 other illustrations in black-and-white (including 3 of Houdini). Ownership detail on the front free end page, foxing to the top edge of the text block, foxing to the cloth on the spine, and across the top edges of the boards. Internally clean, sound binding. "Unlike many sceptics, the author devoted the best part of his long life to his search for firm evidence of the reality of psychic phenomena and of survival after death. The fact that he failed to find it, it's, of course, no proof against. What is important is his exposure of those who, with no genuine interest in spiritualism, and having neither faith nor moral scruple prate heartlessly on people from whom death have taken their loved ones." Front fold over blurb Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 396 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: New Age & Alternative; Quantum Theory; Psychic Studies; Psychology & Psychiatry. Inventory No: 0237062. .



    The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

    Shambhala, Boston, 2000. Later Edition. Softcover. Fine Condition/No Dust Jacket. An exploration of the parallels between modern physics and eastern mysticism Size: Octavo (standard book size). 366 pp. Text is free of previous owner's markings. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing . Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Science & Technology; Quantum Theory; United States; 1970s; #92905; New Age & Alternative. ISBN/EAN: 9781570625190. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 48612. . 9781570625190



    Physics and philosophy; the revolution in modern science by Heisenberg, Werner

    London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1958. First Edition, Ex-Library. Hardcover. Fair/None. World perspectives, v. 19 Dark navy board with silver titling on spine, chipped at spine head, scratched and with light fingerprints on front board. Light liquid stain on back board and a small tear to cloth at bottom edge. Worn at extremities. Pastedowns scarred where bookplates removed. Top page edges are dark blue. Title page stamped with embossed library name; verso stamped in blue ink with 6 numbers. Interior otherwise unmarked. Binding sound. Small 8vo. BOOK INFO: Contents include: An old and a new tradition; The history of quantum theory; The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory; Quantum theory and the roots of atomic science; The development of philosophical ideas since Descartes in comparison with the new situation in quantum theory; The relation of quantum theory to other parts of natural science; The theory of relativity; Criticism and counter-proposals to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory; Quantum theory and the structure of matter; Language and reality in modern physics; The role of modern physics in the present development of human thinking. Physics--Philosophy, Quantum theory



    Survey of Hidden Variable Theories by Belinfante, Frederik J

    US: Pergamon Press, 1973. Ex-Library. Hardcover. Good/None. Monographs in Natural Philosophy Blue cloth boards with gilt titling on spine, lightly shelfworn and spine darkened. Library scars include stamped page edges, adhesive residue on rear pastedown and bookplate removed from front. Interior is unmarked. Binding is tight. 8vo. Ships from US. BOOK INFO: 'This work was started in 1970 with the idea of...explaining th ideas, merits, and failures of hidden-variables theories in a away understandable to those who have had in wave mechanics and introductory course only and who are not particularly mathematically minded.' (-from the preface) Bibliography p. 339-341. Includes author index and subject index. Mathematical physics, Variables (Mathematics), Quantum theory


    AUD $11.00

    50 Physics Ideas You really need to Know by Baker, Joanne

    London: Quercus. 2007. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Black & white illustrations. 208 pages This is the perfect introduction to modern physics for the non-specialist, from a writer with a real gift for making its most complex and challenging concepts readily comprehensible to the layperson. . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Die gegenwartige Situation in der Quantenmechanik by Schroedinger, Erwin

    1935. First edition. Schrödinger's CatSchrödinger, Erwin (1887-1961). Die gegenwärtige Situation in der Quantenmechanik. In Die Naturwissenschaften 23 (1935): 807-12; 823-28; 844-49. Whole volume. xix, [1], 870, 12pp. Berlin: Julius Springer, 1935. 264 x 192 mm. Quarter cloth ca. 1935, hand-lettered paper spine label, light wear to corners. 4 library stamps on general title and 1 on first leaves of some numbers., but otherwise a very good copy. First Edition, journal issue. Schrödinger's paper contains the famous thought experiment now known as "Schrödinger's Cat," illustrating a fundamental problem in the "Copenhagen interpretation" of quantum mechanics put forth by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. In this interpretation, a quantum superposition-the combination of all possible states of a system, such as the possible positions of a subatomic particle-collapses into a definite state only at the exact moment of quantum measurement; prior to measurement, all states exist within a certain range of probability. Einstein had published a rebuttal to the Copenhagen interpretation in his famous "EPR" paper of 1935, in which he argued that the quantum-mechanical description of physical reality, as it stood, was incomplete. Inspired by Einstein's line of reasoning, Schrödinger continued the discussion in his "Die gegenwärtige Situation in der Quantenmechanik," pointing out the absurdity of applying quantum mechanics to visible and tangible objects. In the fifth section of his paper (p. 812), he set forth the "quite burlesque" case of a cat "penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following diabolical apparatus (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small, that perhaps in the course of the hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer which shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts. "It is typical of these cases that an indeterminacy originally restricted to the atomic domain becomes transformed into macroscopic indeterminacy, which can then be resolved by direct observation. That prevents us from so naively accepting as valid a "blurred model" for representing reality. In itself it would not embody anything unclear or contradictory. There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks" (Schrödinger, "The present situation in quantum mechanics," translated by John D. Trimmer, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 124, 323-38). This conclusion sets forth what has been called the principle of state distinction: "states of a macroscopic system which could be told apart by a macroscopic observation are distinct from each other whether observed or not" (Moore, p. 308). Schrödinger's paper represents "his definitive statement about the theory that he and Heisenberg had discovered" (Moore, p. 307). Moore, Schrödinger: Life and Thought, pp. 306-9.



    The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory by Heisenberg, Werner

    Text is clean & unmarked; tanned with age. Large, superficial crease of upper corner front cover & first 18 pp. Sound binding. Moderate shelf/edge wear with tanning/sun-toning of spine. Slight rubbing of cover corners.



    Ein Weg zur experimentellen Prufung der Richtungquantelung im Magnetfeld [and] Der experimentelle Nachweis. . by Stern, Otto and Walther Gerlach

    1921. First edition. Stern, Otto (1888-1969). et al. (1) Ein Weg zur experimentellen Prüfung der Richtungsquantelung im Magnetfeld. In Zeitschrift fur Physik 7 (1921): 249-253. (2) (with Walter Gerlach [1889-1979]). Der experimentelle Nachweis des magnetischen Moments des Silberatoms. In ibid. 8 (1921): 110-111. Together 2 whole volumes. [iii]-vi, 414; iv, 419pp. Braunschweig: Fried. Vieweg & Sohn; Berlin: Julius Springer, 1921-22. 224 x 149 mm. Vol. 7 in half morocco, cloth boards, a little rubbed; Vol. 8 in half cloth, marbled boards. Library stamps on titles. First Editions. Stern, whom Emilio Segrč considered "one of the major physicists of the century" (p. 138), developed Dunoyer's molecular beam method and used it to devise what is now known as the Stern-Gerlach experiment, which demonstrates the reality of space-quantization of atoms. This experiment had an enormous impact on modern physics, and has become a paradigm of quantum measurement. Spatial quantization had been introduced as a theoretical concept by Sommerfeld in 1916, but no one before Stern had ever demonstrated its existence, and some quantum physicists even considered it to be nothing more than a mathematical tool. In his 1921 paper, Stern proposed an empirical test: "If an electron in an atom carried a magnetic moment of about 1 Bohr magneton (= eh/4 me), an atomic beam of silver atoms should split in passing through a magnetic field of strong inhomogeneity" (Twentieth Century Physics, p. 164). In the 1922 paper, written jointly with Walther Gerlach, Stern described the initial results of their experimental work. In three later papers (not included here) Stern and Gerlach continued their investigations, which provided direct experimental proof of directional [space-] quantization in a magnetic field.



    Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory by Werner Heisenberg

    Dover Publications, Incorporated, 1949. Paperback. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.



    Logical Analysis of Quantum Mechanics by Scheibe, Erhard

    US: Pergamon Press, 1973. Hardcover. Good/None. International series of monographs in natural philosophy Blue cloth boards, spine is a bit toned with age. Upper page edges foxed. Edges also stamped with library name. Tidy book plate on front pastedown; adhesive residue on rear pastedown. Binding is sound. Interior is unmarked. Slender 8vo. Ships from US. BOOK INFO: Non-relatiavistic quantum mechanics. Bibliography p. 196-202. Plus index. Quantum theory; non-relatiavistic quantum mechanics; Bohr's Copenhagen Interpretation




    Published by D. Van Nostrand, 1968. Hardback. Very Good/Very Good. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. The University Series in Higher Mathematics. Foxing to outer page edges. Wrapper is foxed with edge-creasing and other browning. [S]



    The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory by Heisenberg, Werner

    Dover Publications Inc., 1930. Paperback in good condition. The cover is lightly marked, sunned and edgeworn, with a small amount of pen by the front upper edge. The rear of the cover has an abrasion (affecting text) and a crease to the upper leading corner. Slight nicks to a few of the page edges. The closing pages are creased in the upper leading corners. The binding is sound; all content is clear. Translated by Carl Eckart and Frank C. Hoyt. CM. Paperback. Good. Used.



    The Holographic Paradigm and other paradoxes by Ken Wilber (ed)

    New Science Library, Boulder, 1982. Fourth Edition. Softcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 301 pp. Text is free of previous owner's markings. Spine working loose but still intact but is creased.. No foxing in this copy. Edges browned slightly. Moderate water damage to text, covers unaffected, general wear to covers, edges and corners. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Science & Technology; Quantum Theory; United States; 1980s; #77744; ISBN: 0394712374. ISBN/EAN: 9780394712376. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 46481. . 9780394712376


    AUD $15.02

    Achilles in the Quantum Universe: The Definitive History of Infinity by Morris, Richard

    Souvenir Press, London, 1998. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good Condition. Illustrator: Illustrated. Preface by author and index. The text is illustrated with the occasional black and white line drawing. Illustrated paperback binding with yellow and white coloured titles to the front panel and yellow coloured titles to the backstrip. A history of concept of Infinity from ancient Greece, where the philosopher Zeno created his famous paradox of Achilles and the Tortoise (in relation to infinity); then on through the centuries from Aristotle to Stephen Hawking, who have advanced the knowledge and boundaries of physics and mathematics while wrestling with the paradox; while still not really understanding what infinity means. A little rubbing of the book edges and panels and light age toning of the text block edges. This is the first UK edition. Size: Trade Paperback. [8], IX - XII, [2], 224, [2] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Science & Technology; Quantum Physics; ISBN: 0285634429. ISBN/EAN: 9780285634428. Inventory No: 0125715. . 9780285634428 Post will be reduced to $7.90 for posting inside Australia, at the time of processing the order..



    The Historical Development of Quantum Theory. . . . by MEHRA, Jagdish; Helmut RECHENBERG (eds.)

    New York:: Springer-Verlag, (1982-1987)., 1982. 5 volumes, with parts 1 and 2 for a total of seven books. 8vo. xlvii, 372; vi, 373-878; vi, 355; vi, 334; viii, 322; xviii, 366; vii, 367-980 pp. Diagrams, port. frontis. (volumes 5 only), index. Gilt-stamped maroon cloth, maroon dust-jacket; jackets lightly rubbed. Fine. First editions. "Quantum Theory, together with the principles of special and general relativity, constitute a scientific revolution that has profoundly influenced the way in which we think about the universe and the fundamental forces that govern it. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning. Drawing upon such materials as the resources of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics, the Niels Bohr Archives, and the archives and scientific correspondence of the principal quantum physicists, as well as Jagdish Mehra's personal discussions over many years with most of the architects of quantum theory, the authors have written a rigorous scientific history of quantum theory in a deeply human context. This multivolume work presents a rich account of an intellectual triumph: a unique analysis of the creative scientific process. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is science, history, and biography, all wrapped in the story of a great human enterprise. Its lessons will be an aid to those working in the sciences and humanities alike." – publisher. This fine first edition set includes the following volumes, with parts 1 and 2 for a total of seven books: Volume 1, Part 1: The Quantum Theory of Planck, Einstein, Bohr and Sommerfeld: Its Foundation and the Rise of Its Difficulties 1900-1925. ISBN: 0387906428 Volume 1, Part 2: The Quantum Theory of Planck, Einstein, Bohr and Sommerfeld: Its Foundation and the Rise of Its Difficulties 1900-1925. ISBN: 0387906673 Volume 2, The Discovery of Quantum Mechanics 1925: ISBN: 0387906746 Volume 3, The Formulation of Matrix Mechanics and Its Modifications 1925-1926. ISBN: 3540906754 Volume 4, Part 1: The Fundamental Equations of Quantum Mechanics 1925-1926 [AND] Volume 4, Part 2: The Reception of the New Quantum Mechanics 1925-1926. ISBN: 0387906800 Volume 5: Erwin Schrodinger and the Rise of Wave Mechanics. Part 1: Schrodinger in Vienna and Zurich 1887-1925. ISBN:0387962840 Volume 5: Erwin Schrodinger and the Rise of Wave Mechanics. Part 2: The Creation of Wave Mechanics; Early Response and Applications 1925-1926. ISBN: 0387963774



    Relativistic point dynamics by Arzelies, Henri

    Oxford: New York, 1971. Ex-Library. Hardcover. Good+/None. Green cloth boards with gilt titling on spine, lightly shelfworn. Library scars where bookplate/envelope removed from pastedowns, and page edges stamped, with fingerprint stain on side edge and foxing on top. Binding is sound. Interior unmarked. 8vo. Ships from US. BOOK INFO: '...the general laws of the dynamics of a point of constant proper mass (first part) and variable proper mass (second part) and the theory of collisions (third part). .. the application of relativistic dynamics to concrete cases--interactions between charges...Variational methods...and the use of the tensor calculus in four dimensions.' (-from the preface) Unified field theories, Electrodynamics; particle dynamics; constant proper mass; variable proper mass; collision theory; kinematics



    The Political Implications of Quantum Physics by Perry, Peter

    Turkey Run, 1960. Paperback. Staple-bound pamphlet; 15pp. Pencil date to sunned cover, pencil notes to pages, vertical crease to covers and pages, wear to spine, else very good.

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