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The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and the Measurement Process - Peter Mittelstaedt

The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and the Measurement Process

Paperback Published: 29th June 2004
ISBN: 9780521602815
Number Of Pages: 152

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The main theme of this book is the idea that quantum mechanics is valid not only for microscopic objects but also for the macroscopic apparatus used for quantum mechanical measurements. The author demonstrates the intimate relations that exist between quantum mechanics and its interpretation which are induced by the quantum mechanical measurement process. Consequently, the book is concerned both with the philosophical, metatheoretical problems of interpretations and with the more formal problems of quantum object theory. The consequences of this approach turn out to be partly very promising and partly rather disappointing. On the one hand, it is possible to give a rigorous justification of some important parts of interpretation, such as probability, by means of object theory. On the other hand, the problem of the objectification of measurement results leads to inconsistencies which cannot be resolved in an obvious way. This open problem has far-reaching consequences for the possibility of recognising an objective reality in physics.

'This book goes carefully, exhaustively, and deeply into the interpretational problems of quantum mechanics induced by the measurement process ... The discussion itself is self-contained and the technical parts are reader-friendly.' E. Beltrametti, Measurement Science and Technology

The quantum theory of measurement
The probability interpretation
The problem of objectification
Universality and self-referentiality in quantum mechanics
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ISBN: 9780521602815
ISBN-10: 0521602815
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 29th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 19.15  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.3

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