This book provides a thorough and up-to-date introduction to the philosophy of quantum physics. Although quantum theory is renowned for its spectacular empirical successes, controversial discussion about how it should be understood continue to rage today. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of its numerous philosophical challenges: Do quantum objects violate the principle of causality? Are particles of the same type indistinguishable and therefore not individual entities? Do quantum objects retain their identity over time? How does a compound quantum system relate to its parts? These questions are answered here within different interpretational approaches to quantum theory. Finally, moving to Quantum Field Theory, we find that the problem of non-locality is exacerbated.
Philosophy of quantum physics is aimed at philosophers with an interest in physics, while also serving to familiarize physicists with many of the essential philosophical questions of their subject.
|Publisher:||Springer International Publishing|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2018|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Cord Friebe is acting Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Siegen. His fields of interest: Philosophy of Physics, Analytical Ontology,
Kant's theoretical philosophy.
Meinard Kuhlmann is acting Chair of Philosophy of Science at the University of Mainz. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science and Analytical Ontology.Holger Lyre is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Magdeburg. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of mind and science theory of cognitive neuroscience.
Paul M. Näger is Research Associate at the University of Münster. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, metaphysics.
Oliver Passon is advisor to the Working Group on Physics and its Didactics at the University of Wuppertal. His fields of interest: Phenomenological Optics, Philosophy of Science and interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Manfred Stöckler is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bremen. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of the time and methodology of the
Exploration of complex systems.
Table of Contents
Physical and mathematical foundations (Cord Friebe).- The Measurement problem. Minimal and collapse interpretations (Cord Friebe).- Quantum identity and indistinguishability (Holger Lyre).- Entanglement and non-locality: EPR, Bell and their consequences (Paul Näger and Manfred Stöckler).- Non-collapse interpretations (Oliver Passon).- Quantum field theory (Meinard Kuhlmann and Manfred Stöckler).- Chronology and outlook (Cord Friebe, Meinard Kuhlmann and Holger Lyre).- Example solutions for the exercises.