Quantum Mechanics and Experience / Edition 1

Quantum Mechanics and Experience / Edition 1

by David Z Albert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674741137

ISBN-13: 9780674741133

Pub. Date: 03/15/1994

Publisher: Harvard

The more science tells us about the world, the stranger it looks. Ever since physics first penetrated the atom, early in this century, what it found there has stood as a radical and unanswered challenge to many of our most cherished conceptions of nature. It has literally been called into question since then whether or not there are always objective matters of fact

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The more science tells us about the world, the stranger it looks. Ever since physics first penetrated the atom, early in this century, what it found there has stood as a radical and unanswered challenge to many of our most cherished conceptions of nature. It has literally been called into question since then whether or not there are always objective matters of fact about the whereabouts of subatomic particles, or about the locations of tables and chairs, or even about the very contents of our thoughts. A new kind of uncertainty has become a principle of science.

This book is an original and provocative investigation of that challenge, as well as a novel attempt at writing about science in a style that is simultaneously elementary and deep. It is a lucid and self-contained introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics, accessible to anyone with a high school mathematics education, and at the same time a rigorous discussion of the most important recent advances in our understanding of that subject, some of which are due to the author himself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674741133
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/15/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
649,386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Superposition

2. The Mathematical Formalism and the Standard Way of Thinking about It

3. Nonlocality

4. The Measurement Problem

5. The Collapse of the Wave Function

6. The Dynamics by Itself

7. Bohm's Theory

8. Self-Measurement

Appendix: The Kochen-Healy-Dieks Interpretations

Bibliography

Index

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