Probing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics: Physical, Philosophical and Logical Perspectives by Diederik Aerts

Probing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics: Physical, Philosophical and Logical Perspectives

byDiederik Aerts, Sven Aerts, Christian de Ronde

Kobo ebook | February 20, 2014

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This book provides a new original perspective on one of the most fascinating and important open questions in science: What is quantum mechanics talking about? Quantum theory is perhaps our best confirmed physical theory. However, in spite of its great empirical effectiveness and the subsequent technological developments that it gave rise to in the 20th century, from the interpretation of the periodic table of elements to CD players, holograms and quantum state teleportation, it stands even today without a universally accepted interpretation. The novelty of the book comes from the multiple viewpoints and the original angles taken by a group of young researchers from Europe and South America who gathered for several years under the auspices of the Center Leo Apostel.

Each member of the group presented ideas concerning the interpretation of quantum mechanics. We had discussions ranging from the philosophical underpinnings of local realism and holism, information and decision theoretic approaches to quantum theory all the way to the many worlds interpretation. Strikingly, in much the same way as different — and indeed incompatible observations are needed to fully describe the physical state of affairs in quantum mechanics — the various interpretations of the theory also seem to shed viable, but not necessarily compatible, perspectives on different aspects of the same grand framework. The discussions that followed were both technical and lively, but perhaps their most remarkable quality was the absence of rigid points of view that unfortunately seems to paralyze so much of the discussion in this area. This book is an expression which can be interesting not only to the specialists but also for the general public attempting to get a grasp on one of the still most fundamental questions of present physics.

Title:Probing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics: Physical, Philosophical and Logical PerspectivesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 20, 2014Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9814596302

ISBN - 13:9789814596305

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