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Quantum Fluctuations : Princeton Series in Physics - Edward Nelson

Quantum Fluctuations

Princeton Series in Physics

Paperback Published: 21st May 1985
ISBN: 9780691083797
Number Of Pages: 160

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Stochastic mechanics is a description of quantum phenomena in classical probabilistic terms. This work contains a detailed account of the kinematics of diffusion processes, including diffusions on curved manifolds which are necessary for the treatment of spin in stochastic mechanics. The dynamical equations of the theory are derived from a variational principle, and interference, the asymptotics of free motion, bound states, statistics, and spin are described in classical terms.

In addition to developing the formal mathematical aspects of the theory, the book contains discussion of possible physical causes of quantum fluctuations in terms of an interaction with a background field. The author gives a critical analysis of stochastic mechanics as a candidate for a realistic theory of physical processes, discussing measurement, local causality in the sense of Bell, and the failure of the theory in its present form to satisfy locality.

"This volume ... presents the foreground between scholastic mechanics and quantum mechanics with clarity, economy, and elegance."--Science

ISBN: 9780691083797
ISBN-10: 0691083797
Series: Princeton Series in Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 21st May 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25

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