Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Collected Papers on Quantum Philosophy / Edition 2

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This book comprises all of John Bell's published and unpublished papers in the field of quantum mechanics, including two papers that appeared after the first edition was published. It also contains a preface written for the first edition, and an introduction by Alain Aspect that puts into context Bell's great contribution to the quantum philosophy debate. One of the leading expositors and interpreters of modern quantum theory, John Bell played a major role in the development of our current understanding of the profound nature of quantum concepts. First edition Hb (1987): 0-521-33495-0 First edition Pb (1988): 0-521-36869-3

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"One of the leading expositors and interpreters of modern quantum theory, John Bell is particularly famous for his discovery of the crucial difference between the predictions of conventional quantum mechanics and the implications of local causality. This book includes all of John Bell's published and unpublished papers on the conceptual and philosophical problems of quantum mechanics." Astronomical Society of the Pacific

"...should be read by everyone interested in fundamental questions of nature." -American Journal of Physics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521523387
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Distinguished physicist well known for his work on the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics, who died in 1990.

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Table of Contents

List of papers on quantum philosophy
Introduction : John Bell and the second quantum revolution
1 On the problem of hidden variables in quantum mechanics 1
2 On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox 14
3 The moral aspects of quantum mechanics 22
4 Introduction to the hidden-variable question 29
5 Subject and object 40
6 On wave packet reduction in the Coleman-Hepp model 45
7 The theory of local beables 52
8 Locality in quantum mechanics : reply to critics 63
9 How to teach special relativity 67
10 Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiments 81
11 The measurement theory of Everett and de Broglie's pilot wave 93
12 Free variables and local causality 100
13 Atomic-cascade photons and quantum-mechanical nonlocality 105
14 de Broglie-Bohm, delayed-choice double-slit experiments, and density matrix 111
15 Quantum mechanics for cosmologists 117
16 Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality 139
17 On the impossible pilot wave 159
18 Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics 169
19 Beables for quantum field theory 173
20 Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics 181
21 EPR correlations and EPW distributions 196
22 Are there quantum jumps? 201
23 Against 'measurement' 213
24 La nouvelle cuisine 232
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