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Quantum Mechanics and Experience

ISBN-10: 0674741137
ISBN-13: 9780674741133
Edition: 1992
Authors: David Z. Albert
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

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.

David Z Albert is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

Preface
Superposition
The Mathematical Formalism and the Standard Way of Thinking about It
Nonlocality
The Measurement Problem
The Collapse of the Wave Function
The Dynamics by Itself
Bohm's Theory
Self-Measurement
Appendix: The Kochen-Healy-Dieks Interpretations
Bibliography
Index

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