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The Principles of Quantum Theory, From Planck's Quanta to the Higgs Boson

The Nature of Quantum Reality and the Spirit of Copenhagen

Authors: Plotnitsky, Arkady

  • Offers an analysis of the concept of principle and the role of principles in foundational thinking in quantum theory
  • Addresses the relationships between the philosophy of quantum theory and the philosophy of probability, and argues for the essential role of these relationships in our understanding of quantum theory
  • Offers a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, the statistical Copenhagen interpretation
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The book considers foundational thinking in quantum theory, focusing on the role the fundamental principles and principle thinking there, including thinking that leads to the invention of new principles, which is, the book contends, one of the ultimate achievements of theoretical thinking in physics and beyond. The focus on principles, prominent during the rise and in the immediate aftermath of quantum theory, has been uncommon in more recent discussions and debates concerning it. The book argues, however, that exploring the fundamental principles and principle thinking is exceptionally helpful in addressing the key issues at stake in quantum foundations and the seemingly interminable debates concerning them. Principle thinking led to major breakthroughs throughout the history of quantum theory, beginning with the old quantum theory and quantum mechanics, the first definitive quantum theory, which it remains within its proper (nonrelativistic) scope. It has, the book also argues, been equally important in quantum field theory, which has been the frontier of quantum theory for quite a while now, and more recently, in quantum information theory, where principle thinking was given new prominence. The approach allows the book to develop a new understanding of both the history and philosophy of quantum theory, from Planck’s quantum to the Higgs boson, and beyond, and of the thinking the key founding figures, such as Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and Dirac, as well as some among more recent theorists. The book also extensively considers the nature of quantum probability, and contains a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, “the statistical Copenhagen interpretation.” Overall, the book’s argument is guided by what Heisenberg called “the spirit of Copenhagen,” which is defined by three great divorces from the preceding foundational thinking in physics—reality from realism, probability from causality, and locality from relativity—and defined the fundamental principles of quantum theory accordingly.

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“Through eight chapters, he introduces basic concepts of causality, randomness, locality, and probability. There is some advanced mathematics, a reference section, and a helpful index. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty.” (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 54 (9), May, 2017)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Concepts and Principles in Fundamental Physics

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 1-50

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  • Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and the Principles of Quantum Mechanics

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 51-106

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  • Complementarity: “This New Feature of Natural Philosophy”

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    Pages 107-172

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  • The Statistical Copenhagen Interpretation

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    Pages 173-186

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  • Could the Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Causal?

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    Pages 187-206

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eBook 79,72 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81187-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Principles of Quantum Theory, From Planck's Quanta to the Higgs Boson
Book Subtitle
The Nature of Quantum Reality and the Spirit of Copenhagen
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32068-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32068-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32066-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81187-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 313
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