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Interpreting the Quantum World

Interpreting the Quantum World

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  • Author: Jeffrey Bub, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521653862

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  • This is a book about the interpretation of quantum mechanics, in particular how to resolve the measurement problem introduced by the orthodox interpretation of the theory. The heart of the book is a new result that shows how to construct all possible 'no collapse' interpretations, subject to certain natural constraints and the limitations imposed by the hidden variable theorems. The discussion is self-contained and organized so that the technical portions may be skipped without losing the argument.

    • Hardback is joint winner of the 1998 Lakatos Award
    • Very favourably reviewed philosophy of physics book, fully revised for this paperback edition
    • Very highly regarded author
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    Awards

    • Joint winner of the Lakatos Award

    Reviews & endorsements

    'In his powerful new book Bub clearly lays out the measurement problem faced by Dirac and von Neuman's interpretation of quantum mechanics … The book's first three chapters should be required reading for anyone wishing to get up to speed on contemporary discussions of the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics.' Physics Today

    'I have become deeply impressed by the philosophical value and scope of the approach to understanding quantum theory that Bub has carved out. It is an approach that I am convinced will have a major impact on the philosophy of quantum theory for at least the next decade.' Excerpt from Rob Clifton's letter to the 1998 Lakatos Award Committee

    ' … there is much to learn from Bub's book, and I recommend it without hesitation to all those who are interested in the foundations of quantum theory.' Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

    'Bub's fine book will be a standard reference for many years.' Choice

    'The virtues Bub can claim are indisputable, and his achievement gives us a truly successful and illuminating way to understand quantum theory. The book is a must for everyone in the field.' Foundations of Physics

    'The book contains an amazing wealth of information … there is much to learn from Bub's book, and I recommend it without hesitation to all those who are interested in the foundations of quantum theory.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521653862
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.648kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. From classical to quantum mechanics
    2. Bell's 'no-go' theorem
    3. The Kochen and Specker 'no-go' theorem
    4. The proof of interpretation
    5. Quantum mechanics without observers: I
    6. Quantum mechanics without observers: II
    7. Orthodoxy
    8. The new orthodoxy
    Coda
    Appendix: some methematical machinery.

  • Author

    Jeffrey Bub, University of Maryland, College Park

    Awards

    • Joint winner of the Lakatos Award

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