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The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and the Measurement Process

Mittelstaedt, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0521554454 / ISBN 13: 9780521554459
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1997
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Title: The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Good

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The main theme of this book is the idea that quantum mechanics is valid not only for microscopic objects but also for the macroscopic apparatus used for quantum mechanical measurements. The author demonstrates the intimate relations that exist between quantum mechanics and its interpretation which are induced by the quantum mechanical measurement process. Consequently, the book is concerned both with the philosophical, metatheoretical problems of interpretations and with the more formal problems of quantum object theory. The consequences of this approach turn out to be partly very promising and partly rather disappointing. On the one hand, it is possible to give a rigorous justification of some important parts of interpretation, such as probability, by means of object theory. On the other hand, the problem of the objectification of measurement results leads to inconsistencies which cannot be resolved in an obvious way. This open problem has far-reaching consequences for the possibility of recognising an objective reality in physics.

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This is a monograph on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. In this book quantum mechanics is considered as a universal theory applicable to all physical objects, from atoms and molecules to macroscopic objects, neutron stars and, indeed, the entire universe. Of interest to graduate students and researchers in theoretical physics and the philosophy of science.

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