Quantum Entanglements: Selected Papers

Hardcover | April 7, 2005

byRob CliftonEditorJeremy Butterfield, Hans Halvorson

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Rob Clifton was one of the most brilliant and productive researchers in the foundations and philosophy of quantum theory; he died tragically at the age of 38. Jeremy Butterfield and Hans Halvorson present fourteen of his finest papers, all of which combine exciting philosophical discussionwith rigorous mathematical results.Many of these papers break wholly new ground, either conceptually or technically. Others resolve a vague controversy into a precise technical problem, which is then solved; still others solve an open problem that had been in the air for some time. All of them show scientific and philosophicalcreativity of a high order, genuinely among the very best work in the field.The papers are grouped into four parts. First come four papers about the modal interpretation of quantum mechanics. Part II comprises three papers on the foundations of algebraic quantum field theory, with an emphasis on entanglement and nonlocality. The two papers in Part III concern the concept ofa particle in relativistic quantum theories. One paper analyses localization; the other analyses the Unruh effect (Rindler quanta) using the algebraic approach to quantum theory. Finally, Part IV contains striking new results about such central issues as complementarity, Bohr's reply to the EPRargument, and no hidden variables theorems; and ends with a philosophical survey of the field of quantum information. The volume includes a full bibliography of Clifton's publications.Quantum Entanglements offers inspiration and substantial reward to graduates and professionals in the foundations of physics, with a background in philosophy, physics, or mathematics.

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Rob Clifton was one of the most brilliant and productive researchers in the foundations and philosophy of quantum theory; he died tragically at the age of 38. Jeremy Butterfield and Hans Halvorson present fourteen of his finest papers, all of which combine exciting philosophical discussionwith rigorous mathematical results.Many of thes...

Rob Clifton (1964-2002) was formerly in the Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Jeremy Butterfield is at Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford. Hans Halvorson is at Department of Philosophy, Princeton University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.31 inPublished:April 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editors' IntroductionI. Modal Interpretations1. Independently motivating the Kochens-Dieks modal interpretation of quantum mechanics2. with Jeffrey Bub: A uniqueness theorem for 'no collapse' interpretations of quantum mechanics3. with Jeffrey Bub and Sheldon Goldstein: Revised proof for the uniqueness theorem for 'no collapse' interpretations of quantum mechanics4. with Michael Dickson: Lorentz-invariance in modal interpretationsII. Foundations of Algebraic Quantum Field Theory5. The modal interpretation of algebraic quantum field theory6. with Hans Halvorson: Generic Bell correlation between arbitrary local algebras in quantum field theory7. with Hans Halvorson: Entanglement and open systems in algebraic quantum field theoryIII. The Concept of a Particle8. with Hans Halvorson: No place for particles in relativistic quantum theories?9. with Hans Halvorson: Are Rindler quanta real? Inequivalent particle concepts in quantum field theoryIV. New Light on Complementarity, Hidden Variables, and Entanglement10. with Hans Halvorson and Adrian Kent: Non-local correlations are generic in infinite-dimensional systems11. Complementarity between position and momentum as a consequence of Kochen-Specker arguments12. with Hans Halvorson: Reconsidering Bohr's reply to EPR13. with Adrian Kent: Simulating quantum mechanics by non-contextual hidden variables14. The subtleties of entanglement and its role in quantum information theoryBibliography of the writings of Robert CliftonIndex