Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics

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Springer, Jan 12, 2016 - Science - 331 pages

This book explains, in simple terms, with a minimum of mathematics, why things can appear to be in two places at the same time, why correlations between simultaneous events occurring far apart cannot be explained by local mechanisms, and why, nevertheless, the quantum theory can be understood in terms of matter in motion. No need to worry, as some people do, whether a cat can be both dead and alive, whether the moon is there when nobody looks at it, or whether quantum systems need an observer to acquire definite properties. The author’s inimitable and even humorous style makes the book a pleasure to read while bringing a new clarity to many of the longstanding puzzles of quantum physics.

 

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Contents

1 Physicists in Wonderland
1
Interference and Superpositions
20
3 Philosophical Intermezzo
73
Nonlocality
111
5 The de BroglieBohm Theory
129
6 Are There Any Alternative Theories?
198
7 Revisiting the History of Quantum Mechanics
233
8 Quantum Mechanics and Our Culture
285
Glossary
295
References
302
Author Index
323
Subject Index
327
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Jean Bricmont is a theoretical physicist and professor at the UniversitÚ Catholique de Louvain. He works on statistical and mathematical physics. He is best known outside the academic world as the co-author, with Alan Sokal, of Fashionable Nonsense (also known as Intellectual Impostures), which criticizes abuses of scientific concepts by intellectuals and relativism in the philosophy of science.

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