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The Theory of Observation


Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107136236

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  • Scientists have been debating the meaning of quantum mechanics for over a century. This book for graduate students and researchers gets to the root of the problem; the contextual nature of empirical truth, the laws of observation and how these impact on our understanding of quantum physics. Bridging the gap between non-relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, this novel approach to quantum mechanics extends the standard formalism to cover the observer and their apparatus. The author demystifies some of the aspects of quantum mechanics that have traditionally been regarded as extraordinary, such as wave-particle duality and quantum superposition, by emphasizing the scientific principles rather than the mathematical modelling involved. Including key experiments and worked examples throughout to encourage the reader to focus on empirically sound concepts, this book avoids metaphysical speculation and also alerts the reader to the use of computer algebra to explore quantum experiments of virtually limitless complexity.

    • Offers a wide-ranging discussion of many key concepts in quantum physics that have generally been treated in isolation
    • Explores a natural extension of standard quantum mechanics, one that allows observers to be discussed on a par with the systems they are observing
    • Includes discussions of spectacular experiments that prove the subtlety and nuance of the physical reality of quantum mechanics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107136236
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Questions and answers
    3. Classical bits
    4. Quantum bits
    5. Classical and quantum registers
    6. Classical register mechanics
    7. Quantum register dynamics
    8. Partial observations
    9. Mixed states and POVMs
    10. Double-slit experiments
    11. Modules
    12. Computerization and computer algebra
    13. Interferometers
    14. Quantum eraser experiments
    15. Particle decays
    16. Non-locality
    17. Bell inequalities
    18. Change and persistence
    19. Temporal correlations
    20. The Franson experiment
    21. Self-intervening networks
    22. Separability and entanglement
    23. Causal sets
    24. Oscillators
    25. Dynamical theory of observation
    26. Conclusions

  • Author

    George Jaroszkiewicz, University of Nottingham
    George Jaroszkiewicz is a Mathematical Physicist recently retired from the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham. His research interests are focused on the fundamental differences between quantum and classical mechanics.

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