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Collapse of the Wave Function
Models, Ontology, Origin, and Implications

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  • Editor: Shan Gao, Shanxi University, China
Lajos Diósi, Giancarlo Ghirardi, Oreste Nicrosini, Alberto Rimini, Philip Pearle, Dorje C. Brody, Lane P. Hughston, Daniel J. Bedingham, Wayne C. Myrvold, Roman Frigg, Roderich Tumulka, Peter J. Lewis, Michael Esfeld, Ivette Fuentes, Roger Penrose, Nicolas Gisin, Shan Gao, Nicholas Maxwell, Roland Omnes, Tejinder P. Singh, Elias Okon, Daniel Sudarsky
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428989

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  • This is the first single volume about the collapse theories of quantum mechanics, which is becoming a very active field of research in both physics and philosophy. In standard quantum mechanics, it is postulated that when the wave function of a quantum system is measured, it no longer follows the Schrödinger equation, but instantaneously and randomly collapses to one of the wave functions that correspond to definite measurement results. However, why and how a definite measurement result appears is unknown. A promising solution to this problem are collapse theories in which the collapse of the wave function is spontaneous and dynamical. Chapters written by distinguished physicists and philosophers of physics discuss the origin and implications of wave-function collapse, the controversies around collapse models and their ontologies, and new arguments for the reality of wave function collapse. This is an invaluable resource for students and researchers interested in the philosophy of physics and foundations of quantum mechanics.

    • Written by leading experts in the field, it covers all the latest research developments
    • As the first single volume about collapse theories it presents all information in one accessible volume
    • Presenting new arguments for the reality of wave function collapse, readers can learn the latest developments of solutions for the measurement problem
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    'Collapse models are now moving from conferences on philosophy and physics to the experimental arena, and this volume assembled by Shan Gao is a timely collection of essays by leading practitioners which views collapse theories from multiple vantage points. It's valuable reading for theorists, experimenters, and philosophers of physics alike.' Stephen L. Adler, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428989
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Part I. Models:
    1. How to teach and think about spontaneous wave function collapse theories: not like before Lajos Diósi
    2. What really matters in Hilbert-space stochastic processes Giancarlo Ghirardi, Oreste Nicrosini and Alberto Rimini
    3. Dynamical collapse for photons Philip Pearle
    4. Quantum state reduction Dorje C. Brody and Lane P. Hughston
    5. Collapse models and spacetime symmetries Daniel J. Bedingham
    Part II. Ontology:
    6. Ontology for collapse theories Wayne C. Myrvold
    7. Properties and the born rule in GRW Theory Roman Frigg
    8. Paradoxes and primitive ontology in collapse theories of quantum mechanics Roderich Tumulka
    9. On the status of primitive ontology Peter J. Lewis
    10. Collapse or no collapse? What is the best ontology of quantum mechanics in the primitive ontology framework? Michael Esfeld
    Part III. Origin:
    11. Quantum state reduction via gravity, and possible tests using Bose-Einstein condensates Ivette Fuentes and Roger Penrose
    12. Collapse. What else? Nicolas Gisin
    13. Three arguments for the reality of wave-function collapse Shan Gao
    Part IV. Implications:
    14. Could inelastic interactions induce quantum probabilistic transitions? Nicholas Maxwell
    15. How the Schrödinger Equation would predict collapse: an explicit mechanism Roland Omnes
    16. Wave function collapse, non-locality, and space-time structure Tejinder P. Singh
    17. The weight of collapse: dynamical reduction models in general relativistic contexts Elias Okon and Daniel Sudarsky
    Index.

  • Editor

    Shan Gao, Shanxi University, China
    Shan Gao is Professor of Philosophy at the Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology at Shanxi University. He is the founder and managing editor of the International Journal of Quantum Foundations, and is the author of several books including the recent monograph The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics (Cambridge, 2017). His research focuses on the philosophy of physics and foundations of quantum mechanics. He is also interested in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science.

    Contributors

    Lajos Diósi, Giancarlo Ghirardi, Oreste Nicrosini, Alberto Rimini, Philip Pearle, Dorje C. Brody, Lane P. Hughston, Daniel J. Bedingham, Wayne C. Myrvold, Roman Frigg, Roderich Tumulka, Peter J. Lewis, Michael Esfeld, Ivette Fuentes, Roger Penrose, Nicolas Gisin, Shan Gao, Nicholas Maxwell, Roland Omnes, Tejinder P. Singh, Elias Okon, Daniel Sudarsky

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