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Quantum Mechanics Historical Contingency and the Copenhagen Hegemony

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ISBN-10: 0226132021

ISBN-13: 9780226132020

Edition: 1994

Authors: James T. Cushing

List price: $114.00
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Why does one theory "succeed" while another, possibly clearer interpretation, fails? By exploring two observationally equivalent yet conceptually incompatible views of quantum mechanics, James T. Cushing shows how historical contingency can be crucial to determining a theory's construction and its position among competing views.Since the late 1920s, the theory formulated by Niels Bohr and his colleagues at Copenhagen has been the dominant interpretation of quantum mechanics. Yet an alternative interpretation, rooted in the work of Louis de Broglie in the early 1920s and reformulated and extended by David Bohm in the 1950s, equally well explains the observational data. Through a detailed…    
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Book details

List price: $114.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342

Theory Construction and Selection
Formalism, Interpretation, and Understanding
Standard Quantum Theory
Bohm's Quantum Theory
Alternative Interpretations: An Illustration
Opposing Commitments, Opposing Schools
Competition and Forging Copenhagen
Early Attempts at Causal Theories: A Stillborn Program
The Fate of Bohm's Program
An Alternative Scenario?
Author Index
Subject Index