ISBN-10:
3642069142
ISBN-13:
9783642069147
Pub. Date:
11/25/2010
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Quantum Mechanics at the Crossroads: New Perspectives from History, Philosophy and Physics / Edition 1

Quantum Mechanics at the Crossroads: New Perspectives from History, Philosophy and Physics / Edition 1

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ISBN-13: 9783642069147
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 11/25/2010
Series: The Frontiers Collection
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

James Evans is a historian of science and professor of physics at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy, as well of numerous articles on the history of physics. His scientific papers include studies of optical-mechanical analogies in the context of general relativity.

Alan Thorndike is a professor of physics at the University of Puget Sound. His first field of research involved the behavior of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, but he is now engaged with experimental quantum optics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contexts and Challenges for Quantum Mechanics.- Max Planck’s compromises on the way to and from the Absolute.- Atomic Waves in Private Practice.- A Complementary Opposition: Louis de Broglie and Werner Heisenberg.- Schrödinger Against Particles and Quantum Jumps.- Aspects of Nonlocality in Quantum Mechanics.- Decoherence and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.- What Are Consistent Histories?.- Bose-Einstein Condensation: Identity Crisis for Indistinguishable Particles.- Quantum Fluctuations of Light: A Modern Perspective on Wave/Particle Duality.- Quantum Entanglement as a Resource for Communication.- The Three Cases of Doctor von Neumann.

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