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The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics : Princeton Series in Physics - Roland Omnes

The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Princeton Series in Physics

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Published: 31st July 1994
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The interpretation of quantum mechanics has been controversial since the introduction of quantum theory in the 1920s. Although the Copenhagen interpretation is commonly accepted, its usual formulation suffers from some serious drawbacks. Based mainly on Bohr's concepts, the formulation assumes an independent and essential validity of classical concepts running in parallel with quantum ones, and leaves open the possibility of their ultimate conflict. In this book, Roland Omnes examines a number of recent advances, which, combined, lead to a consistent revision of the Copenhagen interpretation. His aim is to show how this interpretation can fit all present experiments, to weed out unnecessary or questionable assumptions, and to assess the domain of validity where the older statements apply.

Drawing on the new contributions, "The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" offers a complete and self-contained treatment of interpretation (in nonrelativistic physics) in a manner accessible to both physicists and students. Although some "hard" results are included, the concepts and mathematical developments are maintained at an undergraduate level. This book enables readers to check every step, apply the techniques to new problems, and make sure that no paradox or obscurity can arise in the theory. In the conclusion, the author discusses various philosophical implications pertinent to the study of quantum mechanics.

"This book gives an excellent account of the modern interpretation of quantum mechanics from the Copenhagen point of view. It is a seminal work that should be bought and studied by everyone interested in the field."--Physics World

Preface
How To Read this Book
Elementary Quantum Mechanicsp. 3
The Problems of Measurement Theoryp. 60
Foundations and Propertiesp. 110
Historiesp. 122
The Logical Framework of Quantum Mechanicsp. 144
Recovering Classical Physicsp. 201
Decoherencep. 268
Measurement Theoryp. 324
Questioning Quantum Mechanicsp. 378
Nonclassical Macroscopic Systemsp. 409
Experimentsp. 433
Summary and Outlookp. 467
Notesp. 533
Indexp. 545
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ISBN: 9780691036694
ISBN-10: 0691036691
Series: Princeton Series in Physics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 31st July 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.39  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.79