This volume brings together leading quantum physicists to expound on the meaning and future directions of quantum mechanics. It offers new insights from different vantage points to tackle essential questions in quantum mechanics and its interpretation. All the authors have written for a broad readership, and the resulting volume will appeal to everyone wishing to keep abreast of new developments in quantum mechanics, as well as its history and philosophy.
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 ContentsIntroduction: 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.