Elegance and Enigma: The Quantum Interviews (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 2, 2011 - Electronic books - 325 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

P RO LO G U E
QUESTION I F I RS T EN CO U N T ERS
QUESTION 2 B I G I S S U ES
QUESTION 3 M Y FAVO RI T E I N T ERP RETAT I O N
QUESTION 4 Q UA N T U M S TAT ES
QUESTION 5 RA N D O M N ES S
QUESTION 6 Q UA N T U M P RO BA B I LI T I ES
QUESTION 7 T H E M E A S U REM EN T P RO B LEM
QUESTION 10 RE CO N S T RU C T I O N S
QUESTION 11T H E EX P ERI M EN T O F M Y D RE A M S
QUESTION 12 S W I TC H I N G S I D ES
QUESTION 13 B ELI EF S A N D VA LU ES
QUESTION 14 T H E RO LE O F P H I LO S O P H Y
QUESTION 15U N I F I CAT I O N
QUESTION 16T H E N EXT B I G BA N G
QUESTION 17 D E A R O RAC LE

QUESTION 8 B ELLS I N E Q UA LI T I ES
QUESTION 9 Q UA N T U M I N F O R M AT I O N
EP I LO G U E
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About the author (2011)

Maximilian Schlosshauer is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna. He was inspired to study physics - and in particular quantum physics - after reading Heisenberg's "Physics and Philosophy" and Schr dinger's "Nature and the Greeks" as a high-school student. Having earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington for work on the foundations of quantum mechanics, he continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at the universities of Queensland and Melbourne, Australia, and at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen. Max is the author of "Decoherence and the Quantum-to-Classical Transition" (Springer, 2007). He is passionate about words and music.

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