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Quantum Sense and Nonsense

Authors: Bricmont, Jean

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  • 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.

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“Quantum Sense and Nonsense goes into the quantum physics in considerably more depth … . I would recommend this title if you want to get a distinctly different picture of quantum physics and an understanding of why, even after 80-90 years, physicists may be happy with the results of the calculations … .” (Brian Clegg, Popular Science, popsciencebooks.blogspot.com, March, 2018)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • What Are the Issues Raised by Quantum Mechanics?

    Pages 1-16

    Bricmont, Jean

  • The First Mystery: Interference

    Pages 17-29

    Bricmont, Jean

  • “Philosophical” Intermezzo I: What Is Determinism?

    Pages 31-47

    Bricmont, Jean

  • How Do Physicists Deal with Interference?

    Pages 49-68

    Bricmont, Jean

  • Schrödinger’s Cat and Hidden Variables

    Pages 69-85

    Bricmont, Jean

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Softcover 31,19 €
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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, part of Springer Nature
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
XII, 286
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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