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Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Physics : An Overview from Modern Perspectives - Dipankar Home

Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Physics

An Overview from Modern Perspectives

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1997
ISBN: 9780306456602
Number Of Pages: 386

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This fascinating work goes beyond the standard interpretation of quantum theory to explore its fundamental concepts. Author Dipankar Home examines such alternative schemes as the Bohmian approach, the decoherence models, and the dynamical models of wave function collapse. Home carefully explains how a number of the anomalies in quantum theory have become amenable to precise quantitative formulations Throughout the chapters, the emphasis is on conceptual aspects of quantum theory and the implications of recent investigations into these questions.

`While the last few years have seen a plethora of books on the conceptual problems of quantum mechanics for a lay reader, I believe the present book will fill a special niche. On the one hand, Dipankar Home writes on the assumption that his reader is a professional physicist, or at least will be able to follow complex technical discussions, and thus keeps the argument on a rigorous level, without the oversimplification that inevitably have to be made in books for a lay readership. On the other hand, he does not, unlike some other books in this category, assume a priori that quantum mechanics is the ultimate truth about the world and/or that worries about the conceptual foundations merely reflect an inadequate appreciation of the subtleties involved in applying it. Indeed a major theme of the book is the profound and fundamental difficulties which any version of the "orthodox" interpretation has in explaining the existence, in our everyday experience, of the definite outcomes to experiments where the final state predicted by quantum mechanics is a superposition - the classic "quantum measurement paradox," which in his opinion (and mine!) has got no nearer a solution for all the words expended on it over the last sixty years. At the same time, he does not advocate a particular line of solution to this problem to the exclusion of all others; rather, his emphasis is on the different kinds of experimental test that someday may (or may not!) set limits to the validity of the quantum description and/or prove one or other of these "non-standard" approaches correct. [...] I believe that this book is essential reading for any physicist who is seriously concerned about the foundations of the theory which, for all its curious and counterintuitive aspects, is still (to adapt a famous characterization by a former British Cabinet member of the prime minister of the day) "the best theory of the world we've got".' From the Foreword by: Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nobel Laureate 2003 `...after having spent a career worrying about many of the fundamental problems that beset quantum theory, [the author] has set down his feelings about what he thinks the best proposed solutions are. This he has done by first discussing each topic, the problems involved, and the various contributions of almost everyone who has contributed to understanding the problem. not hesitate to add his own opinions and preferences, but to do that is of course the point of writing the book. ...it is really a wonderful book. ...one will appreciate the careful discussion of many sides of important arguments, and there is much to learn from the book.' Daniel Greenberger, Foundations of Physics, 31:5 (2001)

Standard Interpretation and Beyondp. 1
Quantum Measurement Paradoxp. 67
Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanicsp. 139
Quantum Nonlocalityp. 191
Wave Particle Duality of Light and Complementarityp. 271
Quantum Zeno Effectp. 303
Causality in Quantum Mechanicsp. 331
Einstein's Critique of Quantum Mechanics: A Reappraisalp. 349
Envoip. 377
Indexp. 379
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ISBN: 9780306456602
ISBN-10: 0306456605
Series: The Language of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 30th November 1997
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.69