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Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook

John von Neumann and the Foundations of Quantum Physics

Editors: Redei, Miklos, Stoeltzner, Michael (Eds.)

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John von Neumann (1903-1957) was undoubtedly one of the scientific geniuses of the 20th century. The main fields to which he contributed include various disciplines of pure and applied mathematics, mathematical and theoretical physics, logic, theoretical computer science, and computer architecture. Von Neumann was also actively involved in politics and science management and he had a major impact on US government decisions during, and especially after, the Second World War.
There exist several popular books on his personality and various collections focusing on his achievements in mathematics, computer science, and economy. Strangely enough, to date no detailed appraisal of his seminal contributions to the mathematical foundations of quantum physics has appeared. Von Neumann's theory of measurement and his critique of hidden variables became the touchstone of most debates in the foundations of quantum mechanics. Today, his name also figures most prominently in the mathematically rigorous branches of contemporary quantum mechanics of large systems and quantum field theory. And finally - as one of his last lectures, published in this volume for the first time, shows - he considered the relation of quantum logic and quantum mechanical probability as his most important problem for the second half of the twentieth century.
The present volume embraces both historical and systematic analyses of his methodology of mathematical physics, and of the various aspects of his work in the foundations of quantum physics, such as theory of measurement, quantum logic, and quantum mechanical entropy. The volume is rounded off by previously unpublished letters and lectures documenting von Neumann's thinking about quantum theory after his 1932 Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.
The general part of the Yearbook contains papers emerging from the Institute's annual lecture series and reviews of important publications of philosophy of science and its history.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rédei, Miklós (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • J. v. Neumann’s Influence in Mathematical Physics

    Thirring, Walter

    Pages 5-10

  • The Axiomatic Method and the Foundations of Science: Historical Roots of Mathematical Physics in Göttingen (1900–1930)

    Majer, Ulrich

    Pages 11-33

  • Opportunistic Axiomatics — Von Neumann on the Methodology of Mathematical Physics

    Stöltzner, Michael

    Pages 35-62

  • Von Neumann’s Theory of Quantum Measurement

    Bub, Jeffrey

    Pages 63-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
John von Neumann and the Foundations of Quantum Physics
Editors
  • Miklos Redei
  • Michael Stoeltzner
Series Title
Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2012-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2012-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6812-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5651-1
Series ISSN
0929-6328
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 373
Topics