9780674741133

Quantum Mechanics and Experience

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674741133

  • ISBN10:

    0674741137

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-03-15
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

The more science tells us about the world, the stranger it looks. Ever since physics first penetrated the atom, early in this century, what it found there has stood as a radical and unanswered challenge to many of our most cherished conceptions of nature. It has literally been called into question since then whether or not there are always objective matters of fact about the whereabouts of subatomic particles, or about the locations of tables and chairs, or even about the very contents of our thoughts. A new kind of uncertainty has become a principle of science. This book is an original and provocative investigation of that challenge, as well as a novel attempt at writing about science in a style that is simultaneously elementary and deep. It is a lucid and self-contained introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics, accessible to anyone with a high school mathematics education, and at the same time a rigorous discussion of the most important recent advances in our understanding of that subject, some of which are due to the author himself.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Superposition
1(16)
The Mathematical Formalism and the Standard Way of Thinking about It
17(44)
Nonlocality
61(12)
The Measurement Problem
73(7)
The Collapse of the Wave Function
80(37)
The Dynamics by Itself
117(17)
Bohm's Theory
134(46)
Self-Measurement
180(11)
Appendix: The Kochen-Healy-Dieks Interpretations 191(8)
Bibliography 199(4)
Index 203

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