Quantum Reflections

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Overview

This volume introduces some of the basic philosophical and conceptual questions underlying the formulation of quantum mechanics, one of the most baffling and far-reaching aspects of modern physics. The book consists of essays by leading thinkers in this field, who have been inspired by the profound work of the late John Bell. Some of the deepest issues concerning the nature of physical reality are debated, including the theory of physical measurements, how to test quantum mechanics, and how classical and quantum physics are related. This book will be of interest to laypeople who have heard of the mysteries of quantum mechanics and want to gain a deeper understanding, students with a background in quantum physics, wishing to explore in more detail its philosophical aspects, and practising scientists who are not content with blindly applying its rules.
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"The editors have managed to put together a book honouring John Bell written by people who are not only world-class physicists themselves, but who are all people one would refer to as Menschen—people of great humanity. This makes the book an especially fitting tribute." Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521630085
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword
Biographical notes on John Bell
1 On Bell non-locality without probabilities: some curious geometry 1
2 Reality in neutron interference experiments 28
3 Testing Bell's inequalities 69
4 Beyond conventional quantum mechanics 79
5 Quantum effects in accelerator physics 117
6 New aspects of Bell's theorem 136
7 Does quantum mechanics carry the seeds of its own destruction? 165
8 John Bell and the moral aspect of quantum mechanics 186
9 Remembering John Bell 193
Index 199
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