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Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics [NOOK Book]

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Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity is recognized as the premier philosophical study of Bell's Theorem and its implication for the relativistic account of space and time. Previous editions have been praised for the remarkable clarity of Maudlin's descriptions of both Bell's theorem and his examination of the potential conflict between the theorem and relativity.

The third edition of this text has been carefully updated to reflect significant developments, including a new chapter...

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Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics

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Overview

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity is recognized as the premier philosophical study of Bell's Theorem and its implication for the relativistic account of space and time. Previous editions have been praised for the remarkable clarity of Maudlin's descriptions of both Bell's theorem and his examination of the potential conflict between the theorem and relativity.

The third edition of this text has been carefully updated to reflect significant developments, including a new chapter covering important recent work in the foundations of physics. Foremost among these is Roderich Tumiulka's explicit, relativistic theory that can reproduce the quantum mechanical violation of Bell's inequality. The "Free Will Theorem" of John Conway and Simon Kochen is also discussed, as is the status of locality in the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum theory. The book has also been updated to reflect recent results in information theory.

The book introduces philosophers to the relevant physics and demonstrates how philosophical analysis can help to resolve some of the problems, and requires no technical background in Physics. All of the physics is presented from first principles, and as much as possible is presented pictorially.

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"Maudlin's book is outstanding, and is particularly remarkable for three central achievements: the clearest exposition of Bell's theorem I know of; a careful discussion of the (in)compatibility between the implications of that theorem and relativity; and astute suggestions for how one could deal with this problem. Maudlin is a professional philosopher who writes on this most fundamental issue of physics in a way that is far clearer than the work of most physicists."
Jean Bricmont, University of Louvain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444396966
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.59 (d)
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Maudlin is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He received his doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. His work lies at the intersection of physics and philosophy, including the foundations of physics and logic. He is the author of Truth and Paradox (2004) and The Metaphysics within Physics (2007). Maudlin is a member of the Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellow.
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Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition vi

Preface to Second Edition x

Preface to Third Edition xii

Introduction 1

1 Bell’s Theorem: The Price of Locality 6

Appendix A: The GHZ Scheme 24

2 Relativity and Space-time Structure 27

3 Finger Exercise: Superluminal Matter Transport 55

4 Controlling the Connection: Signals 74

Appendix B: Bohmian Mechanics 106

5 Causation 114

6 Secret Messages 148

7 Points of View 173

8 Life in Elastic Space-time 205

9 Morals 221

10 New Discoveries and Deeper Insights: The View from 2010 224

An Overview of Quantum Mechanics 260

References 284

Index 290

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