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Physics - Quantum Physics | Elegance and Enigma

Elegance and Enigma

The Quantum Interviews

Schlosshauer, Maximilian (Ed.)

2011, XIII, 312 p.

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  • Unique compilation of the often conflicting (world)views of foremost physicists and philosophers
  • Presents the various mind-bending interpretations of nature's strangest laws
  • Level accessible to non-specialists
  • Protagonists and their opinions are marshaled and commented by a skilful editor, himself a major contributor to the field of quantum theory

Quantum mechanics is one of mankind's most remarkable intellectual achievements. Stunningly successful and elegant, it challenges our deepest intuitions about the world. In this book, seventeen physicists and philosophers, all deeply concerned with understanding quantum mechanics, reply to Schlosshauer's penetrating questions about the central issues. They grant us an intimate look at their radically different ways of making sense of the theory's strangeness. What is quantum mechanics about? What is it telling us about nature? Can quantum information or new experiments help lift the fog? And where are we headed next? Everyone interested in the contemporary but often longstanding conundrums of quantum theory, whether lay reader or expert, will find much food for thought in these pages. A wealth of personal reflections and anecdotes guarantee an engaging read.

Participants: Guido Bacciagaluppi, Caslav Brukner, Jeffrey Bub, Arthur Fine, Christopher Fuchs, GianCarlo Ghirardi, Shelly Goldstein, Daniel Greenberger, Lucien Hardy, Anthony Leggett, Tim Maudlin, David Mermin, Lee Smolin, Antony Valentini, David Wallace, Anton Zeilinger, and Wojciech Zurek.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bell Inequalities and Nonlocality - Foundations of Quantum Mechanics - Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics - Measurement Problem - Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics - Quantum Information - Quantum Physics and Reality - Reconstructions of Quantum Theory

Related subjects » Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Popular Science - Quantum Physics

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