Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference

Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference

by Guido Bacciagaluppi, Antony Valentini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521814219

ISBN-13: 9780521814218

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The 1927 Solvay conference was perhaps the most important in the history of quantum theory. Contrary to popular belief, questions of interpretation were not settled at this conference. Instead, a range of sharply conflicting views were extensively discussed, including de Broglie’s pilot-wave theory (which de Broglie presented for a many-body system), Born and…  See more details below

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The 1927 Solvay conference was perhaps the most important in the history of quantum theory. Contrary to popular belief, questions of interpretation were not settled at this conference. Instead, a range of sharply conflicting views were extensively discussed, including de Broglie’s pilot-wave theory (which de Broglie presented for a many-body system), Born and Heisenberg’s ‘quantum mechanics’ (which apparently lacked wave function collapse or fundamental time evolution), and Schrödinger’s wave mechanics. Today, there is no longer a dominant interpretation of quantum theory, so it is important to re-evaluate the historical sources and keep the debate open. This book contains a complete translation of the original proceedings, with essays on the three main interpretations presented, and a detailed analysis of the lectures and discussions in the light of current research. This book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in physics and in the history and philosophy of quantum theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521814218
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
556
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I. Perspectives on the 1927 Solvay Conference: 1. Historical introduction; 2. De Broglie's pilot-wave theory; 3. From matrix mechanics to quantum mechanics; 4. Schrödinger's wave mechanics; Part II. Quantum Foundations and the 1927 Solvay Conference: 5. Quantum theory and the measurement problem; 6. Interference, superposition, and wave packet collapse; 7. Locality and incompleteness; 8. Time, determinism, and the spacetime framework; 9. Guiding fields in 3-space; 10. Scattering and measurement in de Broglie's pilot-wave theory; 11. Pilot-wave theory in retrospect; 12. Beyond the Bohr-Einstein debate; Part III. The Proceedings of the 1927 Solvay Conference: The intensity of X-ray reflection; Disagreements between experiment and the electromagnetic theory of radiation; The new dynamics of quanta; Quantum mechanics; Wave mechanics; General discussion; Appendix; References; Index.

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