I haven’t sent it off to my editor yet– I need to look it over one more time to see if there are horrible mistakes anywhere– but I’m officially declaring the third draft of the book-in-progress to be complete. It clocks in at 61,518 words, and 240 pages. That’s 50% more words than the contract calls for, but it is down 8,000 words and 23 pages from the second draft.
Most of the reduction came from dropping the former Chapter 9, which was an uneasy fit with the rest of the material. It may become a web site extra at some point in the future. The rest of the edits included some substantial re-working of Chapters 2 and 5, dropping whole sections of each, along with a general tightening up of everything. I think it’s less conversational than the previous draft, but it’s probably punchier, if that makes sense.
This ought to be the official final turned-in draft, though I’m sure there are a host of things to be done after this. For now, I’m going to enjoy being Done, and head off to Scenic Whitney Point for the holidays.
For those who care, the table of contents is below the fold.
Quantum Physics for Dogs, v3.0.1 Introduction Why Talk to Your Dog About Physics?: An Introduction to Quantum Physics____________________________2 Chapter 1: Which Way? Both Ways: Particle-Wave Duality__________________11 Chapter 2: Where's My Bone?: The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle__________38 Chapter 3: Schrödinger's Dog: The Copenhagen Interpretation________________59 Chapter 4: Many Worlds, Many Treats: The Many-Worlds Interpretation________85 Chapter 5: Are We There Yet?: The Quantum Zeno Effect___________________110 Chapter 6: No Digging Required: Quantum Tunneling_______________________125 Chapter 7: Spooky Barking at a Distance: Quantum Entanglement____________146 Chapter 8: Beam Me a Bunny: Quantum Teleportation______________________174 Chapter 9: Bunnies Made of Cheese: Virtual Particles and Quantum Electro-Dynamics________________________________198 Chapter 10: Beware of Evil Squirrels: Mis-uses of Quantum Physics____________222