Absolutely Small

How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

 Absolutely Small

Author: Michael D. Fayer
Pub Date: June 2010
Print Edition: $32.95
Print ISBN: 9780814438411
Page Count: 400
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814414910

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Table of Contents


Preface vii

Chapter 1 Schro¨dinger’s Cat 1

Chapter 2 Size Is Absolute 8

Chapter 3 Some Things About Waves 22

Chapter 4 The Photoelectric Effect and Einstein’s Explanation 36

Chapter 5 Light: Waves or Particles? 46

Chapter 6 How Big Is a Photon and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle 57

Chapter 7 Photons, Electrons, and Baseballs 80

Chapter 8 Quantum Racquetball and the Color of Fruit 96

Chapter 9 The Hydrogen Atom: The History 118

Chapter 10 The Hydrogen Atom: Quantum Theory 130

Chapter 11 Many Electron Atoms and the Periodic Tab le of Elements 151

Chapter 12 The Hydrogen Molecule and the Covalent Bond 178

Chapter 13 What Holds Atoms Together: Diatomic Molecules 196

Chapter 14 Bigger Molecules: The Shapes of Polyatomic Molecules 221

Chapter 15 Beer and Soap 250

Chapter 16 Fat, It’s All About the Double Bonds 272

Chapter 17 Greenhouse Gases 295

Chapter 18 Aromatic Molecules 314

Chapter 19 Metals, Insulators, and Semiconductors 329

Chapter 20 Think Quantum 349

Glossary 363

Index 375

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