The Infamous Boundary: Seven Decades of Heresy in Quantum Physics / Edition 1

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Overview

"Provides (an)...accurate portrait of the essence of the disputes, both epistemological and technical, that characterize contemporary inquiry. This book will profit any reader-physicist, mathematician, philosopher, or civilian-who wants a comprehensive and intelligible survey of this pesky episode in fundamental physical theory."-CHOICE
"I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone interested in the history, philosophy or sociology of science, and it is worth adding to the library shelf on quantum theory."-PHYSICS WORLD

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This work starts with the development of quantum theory, which the author refers to as the history of an intellectual struggle, and leads up to the controversies surrounding it. In order to provide the complete picture, Wick, a mathematician by training, presents a brief biography and a synopsis of the philosophy of various scientists as they feature in this history. Wick keeps the equations to a minimum, writing in lay readers' terms, but includes a 52-page mathematical appendix by William G. Faris entitled "Probability in Quantum Mechanics." Extensive notes and references are included as well. Though it is very readable, this book is still complicated because of its technical subject matter, which gears it toward scientists and interested lay readers. Recommended for all science libraries with physics and mathematics collections.-Jayashri Nagaraja, Engineering Lib., Princeton Univ., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387947266
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/29/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed. 1995. Corr. 2nd printing 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1: Atoms.- Prologue II: Quanta.- Revolution, Part 1: Heisenberg's Matrices.- Revolution, Part II: Schrödinger's Waves.- Uncertainty.- Complementarity.- The Debate Begins.- The Impossibility Theorem.- The Post-War Heresies.- Bell's Theorem.- Dice Games and Conspiracies.- Testing Bell.- Loopholes.- The Impossible Observed.- Paradoxes.- Philosophies.- Principles.- Opinions.- Speculations.- PostScript.- Appendix by William Faris.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.

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