Quantum Mechanics and Experience

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Harvard University Press, 1994 - Science - 206 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - Jacob J - Goodreads

An excellent explanation of exactly what makes quantum mechanics unfathomable written to the non-physicist. This book takes an approach I have rarely seen of giving just enough math to give the reader ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucas - Goodreads

the best book to read to get a sense of the current state of play in the foundations of quantum mechanics. Read full review

Contents

Superposition
1
The Mathematical Formalism and the Standard Way of Thinking about It
17
Nonlocality
61
The Measurement Problem
73
The Collapse of the Wave Function
80
The Dynamics by Itself
112
Bohms Theory
134
SelfMeasurement
180
The KochenHealyDieks Interpretations
191
Bibliography
199
Index
203
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David Z Albert is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

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