Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

Paperback | July 1, 1993

byMichael Redhead

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* WINNER OF THE 1988 LAKATOS AWARD FOR AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE * This book concentrates on research done during the last twenty years on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. In particular, the author focuses on three major issues: whether quantum mechanics is an incomplete theory, whether it is non-local, and whether it can be interpreted realistically. Much ofthe book is concerned with distinguishing various senses in which these questions can be taken, and assessing the bewildering variety of answers philosophers and physicists have given up to now. The book is self-contained in that it presents the necessary parts of the mathematical formalism ofquantum mechanics and also covers other interpretative topics, such as the problem of measurement and the uncertainty relations. A considerable portion of the book is based on original arguments presented by the author in lectures and research papers over the past ten years. However, this materialis integrated with a broad coverage of most of the recent research in the field, so as to provide a balanced introduction to the whole subject.

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* WINNER OF THE 1988 LAKATOS AWARD FOR AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE * This book concentrates on research done during the last twenty years on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. In particular, the author focuses on three major issues: whether quantum mechanics is an incomplete theory, whether it is non-loc...

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This book concentrates on research done during the last twenty years on the philosophy of quantum mechanics.

Michael Redhead is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:July 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'a very readable and useful ... overview of the realism debates in quantum mechanics since the Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen argument ... The book begins with an exceptionally clear and concise introduction to the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. Redhead's book is a valuable one... the book is meant to help us comprehend the technical details of a very difficult literature, and this it does extremely well. It is to be strongly recommended for anyone seriously intrerested in the foundations of quantum mechanics.'John F. Halpin, Oakland University, Philosophia, Volume 21, Nos. 3-4, April 1992