Quantum Sense and Nonsense

Authors: Bricmont, Jean

  • A thought-provoking book for the general reader interested in science and philosophy
  • Illuminates profound questions about the nature of reality
  • Reveals surprisingly simple solutions to many of the apparent parodoxes of quantum mechanics
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About this book

Permeated by the author's delightful humor, this little book explains, with nearly no mathematics, the main conceptual issues associated with quantum mechanics:

 The issue of determinism. Does quantum mechanics signify the end of a deterministic word-view?

 The role of the human subject or of the "observer" in science. Since Copernicus, science has increasingly tended to dethrone Man from his formerly held special position in the Universe. But quantum mechanics, with its emphasis on the notion of observation, may once more have given a central role to the human subject.

 The issue of locality. Does quantum mechanics imply that instantaneous actions at a distance exist in Nature?

In these pages the author offers a variety of views and answers - bad as well as good - to these questions. The reader will be both entertained and enlightened by Jean Bricmont's clear and incisive arguments.

About the authors

Jean Bricmont (born in 1952) is a theoretical physicist and a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He works on statistical and mathematical physics but has also written about philosophy of science. He is mostly known to the non-academic audience for co-authoring Fashionable Nonsense (also known as Intellectual Impostures) with Alan Sokal, in which they criticize abuses of scientific concepts by postmodernist thinkers and relativism in the philosophy of science.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • What Are the Issues Raised by Quantum Mechanics?

    Bricmont, Jean

    Pages 1-16

  • The First Mystery: Interference

    Bricmont, Jean

    Pages 17-29

  • “Philosophical” Intermezzo I: What Is Determinism?

    Bricmont, Jean

    Pages 31-47

  • How Do Physicists Deal with Interference?

    Bricmont, Jean

    Pages 49-68

  • Schrödinger’s Cat and Hidden Variables

    Bricmont, Jean

    Pages 69-85

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65271-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $27.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65270-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantum Sense and Nonsense
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65271-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65271-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-65270-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 286
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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