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The Quantum Labyrinth : Perspectives in Condensed Matter Physics - Dick J. Hoekzema

The Quantum Labyrinth

Perspectives in Condensed Matter Physics

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1992
ISBN: 9780792320661
Number Of Pages: 281

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At the outset of the research leading to this book I held a position somewhere close to 'the standard Copenhagen interpretation' of QM. I was strongly attracted to, in particular, the philosophy of Niels Bohr. However, being aware of some of the problematic sides and ambiguities of his views and of new developments which have taken place in QM after his time, the main challenge would be to develop a more up to date version version of his approach and express it in a philosophically unobjectionable way. Traces of this original attitude can still be found in views I hold nowadays. For instance, I think that I now know a satisfactory and correct way of dealing with features like 'complementarity', and I still see this as a relevant subject. In many other respects, however, there have been major changes in my position. In fact, during certain stages of my research my views simply started moving and kept on doing so at an irritating pace and for uncomfortably long periods of time. I learned, for example that at least some of the classical ideas about theory structure are much better than I had realized, and cannot just be pushed aside for anything even as impressive as empirical success.

The Quantum Labyrinth, A Treatise on Quantum Mechanics and Comparative Metaphysicsp. 1
Realism, empiricism, pluralismp. 11
Realism versus empiricismp. 12
Metaphysical pluralismp. 24
Comparative metaphysicsp. 29
Ambiguity and meta-ambiguityp. 30
Describing complex systemsp. 42
The construction of physical realityp. 51
A model of theoriesp. 52
Contextsp. 59
Further elaborations on contextual semanticsp. 66
Quantum mechanicsp. 73
Logical peculiarities of QMp. 74
Measurement postulatesp. 77
'Recent' developments in measurement theoryp. 85
Effect valued measuresp. 85
Operation valued measuresp. 87
Some cases in measurement theoryp. 90
ABL measuresp. 99
Contextual QMp. 103
The initial contextual formulation of QMp. 106
Quantum process theoryp. 109
A particle interpretationp. 121
Event theoryp. 125
Completeness and localityp. 129
Quantum 'theory'?p. 130
Contextual QM and completenessp. 132
Splitting magnitudesp. 135
The incompleteness of the standard formalism of QMp. 142
Localityp. 145
Speculations on time-symmetry, causality, and quantum gravityp. 150
A maze of QMsp. 161
General methodological remarksp. 162
Nonclassical alternativesp. 164
Variations on the initial formalismp. 169
The Von Neumann chainp. 178
Relative process statesp. 181
Conclusionsp. 193
Quantum Event Theory, A Tetrode-Fokker version of Quantum Field Theoryp. 197
Quantum eventsp. 198
Event fieldsp. 200
Field equationsp. 202
The correspondence between field theory and event theoryp. 203
Probabilities reconsideredp. 208
Contextual logicp. 215
The general structure of contextual logicp. 215
Some applicationsp. 233
Relevance, truth, realityp. 247
Bibliographyp. 258
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780792320661
ISBN-10: 0792320662
Series: Perspectives in Condensed Matter Physics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 281
Published: 31st December 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.59

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