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From Physics to Philosophy - Jeremy Butterfield

From Physics to Philosophy

By: Jeremy Butterfield (Editor), Constantine Pagonis (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521660259
Number Of Pages: 252

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This collection of essays by leading philosophers of physics offers philosophical perspectives on two of the central elements of modern physics, quantum theory and relativity. The topics examined include the notorious 'measurement problem' of quantum theory and the attempts to solve it by attributing extra values to physical quantities, the mysterious non-locality of quantum theory, the curious properties of spatial localization in relativistic quantum theories, and the problem of time in the search for a theory of quantum gravity. Together the essays represent some of the most recent research in philosophy of physics, and break new ground within the philosophy of quantum theory.

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'... the book provides a truly valuable collection of essays ... it is an ideal work for anyone who wishes to get a view of the variety and status of topics currently debated in the philosophy of physics, and I fully recommend it.' The Philosophical Quarterly

List of contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Locality and the Hardy theoremp. 1
Beables in algebraic quantum theoryp. 12
Aspects of objectivity in quantum mechanicsp. 45
The 'beables' of relativistic pilot-wave theoryp. 71
Bohmian mechanics and chaosp. 90
Strange positionsp. 108
From metaphysics to physicsp. 166
Models and mathematics in physics: the role of group theoryp. 187
Can the fundamental laws of nature be the results of evolution?p. 208
Bibliography of the writings of Michael Redheadp. 224
Index of namesp. 230
Index of subjectsp. 233
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ISBN: 9780521660259
ISBN-10: 0521660254
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54