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The Cellular Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Authors: 't Hooft, Gerard

  • A radically different approach to the challenges of quantum theory
  • Authored by one of today's most creative theoretical physicists
  • Pedagogically structured to first introduce concepts and main arguments, with technical details presented separately
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This book presents the deterministic view of quantum mechanics developed by Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft.

Dissatisfied with the uncomfortable gaps in the way conventional quantum mechanics meshes with the classical world, 't Hooft has revived the old hidden variable ideas, but now in a much more systematic way than usual. In this, quantum mechanics is viewed as a tool rather than a theory.

The author gives examples of models that are classical in essence, but can be analysed by the use of quantum techniques, and argues that even the Standard Model, together with gravitational interactions, might be viewed as a quantum mechanical approach to analysing a system that could be classical at its core. He shows how this approach, even though it is based on hidden variables, can be plausibly reconciled with Bell's theorem, and how the usual objections voiced against the idea of ‘superdeterminism' can be overcome, at least in principle.

This framework elegantly explains - and automatically cures - the problems of the wave function collapse and the measurement problem. Even the existence of an “arrow of time" can perhaps be explained in a more elegant way than usual. As well as reviewing the author’s earlier work in the field, the book also contains many new observations and calculations. It provides stimulating reading for all physicists working on the foundations of quantum theory.

About the authors

Gerard 't Hooft is professor of theoretical physics at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1999, together with his thesis advisor Martinus Veltman, for “elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions”. In his subsequent work he has made further major contributions in areas including black-hole physics, quantum gravity, the holographic principle, gauge theory, and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Motivation for This Work

    ’t Hooft, Gerard

    Pages 3-18

  • Deterministic Models in Quantum Notation

    ’t Hooft, Gerard

    Pages 19-27

  • Interpreting Quantum Mechanics

    ’t Hooft, Gerard

    Pages 29-47

  • Deterministic Quantum Mechanics

    ’t Hooft, Gerard

    Pages 49-56

  • Concise Description of the CA Interpretation

    ’t Hooft, Gerard

    Pages 57-87

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41284-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cellular Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Authors
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
185
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41285-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41285-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41284-9
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 298
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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