**Author**: David Gross

**Publisher:** World Scientific

**ISBN:** 9814440639

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**The Theory Of The Quantum World** from the Author: David Gross. Ever since 1911, the Solvay Conferences have shaped modern physics. The 25th edition held in October 2011 in Brussels and chaired by David Gross continued this tradition and celebrated the first centennial of this illustrious series of conferences. The development and applications of quantum mechanics have always been the main threads in the history of the Solvay Conferences, hence the 25th Solvay conference gathered many of the leading figures working on a wide variety of profound problems in physics where quantum mechanical effects play a central role. The conference addressed some of the most pressing open questions in the field of physics. The proceedings contain the â€śrapporteur talksâ€ť which give a broad overview with unique insights by distinguished and renowned scientists. These lectures cover the seven sessions: â€śHistory and Reflectionsâ€ť, â€śFoundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computationâ€ť, â€śControl of Quantum Systemsâ€ť, â€śQuantum Condensed Matterâ€ť, â€śParticles and Fieldsâ€ť, â€śQuantum Gravity and String Theoryâ€ť and it ended with a general discussion attempting to arrive at a synthesis. In the Solvay tradition, the proceedings also include the prepared comments to the rapporteur talks. The discussions among the participants â€” some of which quite lively and involving dramatically divergent points of view â€” have been carefully edited and are reproduced in full. Contents:History and Reflections (M Henneaux, J Heilbron and M Gell-Mann)Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation (A Aspect, A Leggett and J Preskill)Control of Quantum Systems (P Zoller, I Cirac and S Girvin)Quantum Condensed Matter (B Halperin and S Sachdev)Particles and Fields (H Georgi and F Wilczek)Quantum Gravity and String Theory (J Polchinski, J Maldacena and A Guth)General Discussion and Conclusions (D Gross, A Aspect, P Zoller, B Halperin, H Georgi and J Polchinski) Readership: Graduate students and researchers in physics. Keywords:Quantum Physics;Solvay ConferenceKey Features:Presents a broad overview of the role of quantum mechanics in contemporary physicsThe rapporteur talks, given by the leaders in the field, provide a beautiful review of the state of the art in each of the subfields discussedThe discussions â€” transcribed in full â€” provide a unique view on the thoughts of some of the most outstanding physicistsReviews: â€śThis book does full justice to the great reputation of the Solvay Conferences. Some of the discussions are on the same topics as in the old days, many are new. It testifies that fundamental physics is still a thriving field of research.â€ť Gerard 't Hooft Nobel Laureate â€śThe 25th Solvay Conference had an ambitious theme: The theory of the quantum world, including foundations of quantum physics, cosmology, particle physics, condensed matter physics, quantum control and quantum simulations. It was exciting to see the strong connections between those different areas, and this excitement has been captured in these proceedings. This book documents that 100 years after the first Solvay Conference in Physics, quantum physics still poses puzzles and reveals surprises.â€ť Wolfgang Ketterle Nobel Laureate â€śThe 25th Solvay Conference of Physics was an extremely exciting event. It joined the tradition started by the original Solvay meetings at the beginning of the 20th century. A comprehensive overview of the status of Quantum Mechanics and its applications was presented by the world experts and the outstanding problems were discussed deeply. It is clear that this meeting will be as important and as influential as the previous Solvay meetings. The proceedings are an insightful reference about the broad range of topics that were discussed. Just like the previous proceedings, this will also be a document of historic significance.â€ť Nathan Seiberg IAS Princeton â€śThis was one of the most interesting meetings I attended in the last few years. I very much enjoyed being updated on current issues in particle physics, cosmology, and quantum gravity â€” topics that I wouldn't hear about in conferences that I typically attend. Nearly all talks were presented at an accessible level for the non-specialist, and the extended-discussion format was very informative.â€ť David Wineland Nobel Laureate â€śHighly selected group of physicists, famous or very promising, were invited to assess recent advances and open problems.â€ť RECENSIONI