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A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics : Possibilities and Impossibilities of a Modal Interpretation - Pieter E. Vermaas

A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics

Possibilities and Impossibilities of a Modal Interpretation

Hardcover Published: 28th January 2000
ISBN: 9780521651080
Number Of Pages: 308

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This book is about how to understand quantum mechanics by means of a modal interpretation. Modal interpretations provide a general framework within which quantum mechanics can be considered as a theory that describes reality in terms of physical systems possessing definite properties. Quantum mechanics is standardly understood to be a theory about probabilities with which measurements have outcomes. Modal interpretations are relatively new attempts to present quantum mechanics as a theory which, like other physical theories, describes an observer-independent reality. In this book, Pieter Vermaas summarises the results of this work. The book will be of great value to undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in philosophy of science, and physics departments with an interest in learning about modal interpretations of quantum mechanics.

'... the strengths of this book are its clear, detailed exposition of the quantum formalism, and the way in which issues of interpretation are related back to this formalism ... the book is very mathematical.' Rachel Wallace Garden, Zentralblatt fur Mathematik

Introduction
Quantum mechanics
Modal interpretations
Formalism
The different versions
The full property ascription
Joint property ascriptions
Discontinuities, instabilities and other bad behaviour
Transition probabilities
Dynamical autonomy and locality
Physics
The measurement problem
The Born rule
Philosophy
Properties, states, measurement outcomes and effective states
Holism versus reductionism
Possibilities and impossibilities
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521651080
ISBN-10: 0521651085
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 28th January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.69