Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

by Steven French, Decio Krause
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199575630

ISBN-13: 9780199575633

Pub. Date: 12/30/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Steven French and Decio Krause examine the metaphysical foundations of quantum physics. They draw together historical, logical, and philosophical perspectives on the fundamental nature of quantum particles and offer new insights on a range of important issues. Focusing on the concepts of identity and individuality, the authors explore two alternative metaphysical

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Steven French and Decio Krause examine the metaphysical foundations of quantum physics. They draw together historical, logical, and philosophical perspectives on the fundamental nature of quantum particles and offer new insights on a range of important issues. Focusing on the concepts of identity and individuality, the authors explore two alternative metaphysical views; according to one, quantum particles are no different from books, tables, and people in this respect; according to the other, they most certainly are. Each view comes with certain costs attached and after describing their origins in the history of quantum theory, the authors carefully consider whether these costs are worth bearing. Recent contributions to these discussions are analyzed in detail and the authors present their own original perspective on the issues. The final chapter suggests how this perspective can be taken forward in the context of quantum field theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199575633
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/30/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Individuality in Classical Physics
3. Quantum Statistics and Non-Individuality
4. Individuality and Non-Individuality in Quantum Mechanics
5. Names, Nomological Objects, and Quasets
6. A Problem for Present Day Mathematics
7. The Mathematics of Non-Individuality
8. Non-Reflexive Quantum Logics
9. The Logic of Quanta

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