Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy and the Meaning of Quantum Theory

Paperback | November 14, 2003

byJim Baggott

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Quantum theory is one of the most important and successful theories of modern physical science. A fact all the more remarkable because quatum theory is a theory that few understand. Most academic textbooks on the subject are written for specialists, filled with complex jargon and dense mathematics. In contrast there are many popular presentations of the inherent 'weirdness' of the quantum world that are light on jargon and contain no mathematics.Together these presentationsserve to create the impression that there are two theories - the 'serious, one and the 'wierd' one. Baggott successfully bridges the gulf between these presentations by grounding the discussion of the theory's profound problems directly in its mathematical formalism in a way that under-graduatestudents and interested individuals can follow.

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Quantum theory is one of the most important and successful theories of modern physical science. A fact all the more remarkable because quatum theory is a theory that few understand. Most academic textbooks on the subject are written for specialists, filled with complex jargon and dense mathematics. In contrast there are many popular p...

Dr James Baggott 199 Beech Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 5UP 07775 940 256 0118 9212 134 jim@logosconsulting.co.uk The author has written many popular science articles for newspapers (Independent, Daily Telegraph) and popular science magazines such as New Scientist. He has also appeared on a couple of radio programmes dealing with qua...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.83 inPublished:November 14, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by Peter AtkinsPrefacePart I: Discovery1. An Act of Desperation2. Farewell to Certainty3. An Absolute WonderPart II: Formalism4. Quantum Rules5. Quantum MeasurementPart III: Meaning6. The Schism7. A Bolt from the Blue8. Bell's Theorem and Local RealityPart IV: Experiment9. Quantum Non-locality10. Complementarity and EntanglementPart V: Alternatives11. Pilot Waves, Potentials and Propensities12. An Irreversible Act13. I Think, Therefore14. Many Worlds, One UniverseClosing RemarksAppendicesBibliography

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