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Physical Theory and its Interpretation

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The essays in this volume were written by leading researchers on classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, quantum theory, and relativity. They detail central topics in the foundations of physics, including the role of symmetry principles in classical and quantum physics, Einstein's hole argument in general relativity, quantum mechanics and special relativity, quantum correlations, quantum logic, and quantum probability and information.

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This book presents a thorough discussion that will help one to develop a more satisfying perspective of quantum mechanics. This book is very comprehensive and I liked it a lot and found it well worth reading. (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, May, 2014)

"This book is a homage to Jeffery Bub, with twelve contributions from colleagues and friends philosophers, physicists and mathematiciansworking in the foundations and philosophy of modern physics. this book holds something of interest for philosophers and physicists alike who are interested in the philosophical problems of modern physics. The expositions are generally of high quality, and the book makes for very interesting and, in places even entertaining reading." (Paul Busch, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 40, 2009)

JeffandImetwhenIwasagraduatestudentattheUniversityofMinnesotaandhewas a post doctoral fellow, first in the Chemistry Department, and then in the Center for Philosophy of Science. Later we were colleagues atWestern Ontario. Our friendship and collaboration owe a great deal to both these institutions. In the mid-1960s the Center enjoyed great success under Feigl's directorship. The history of the Center has been only very partially documented. Feyerabend's recollections,reportedinhisAutobiography,andsomeyearsearlierinhisremarksfor Feigl's Festschrift, possess an immediacy that makes them particularly noteworthy, even if all too brief. The Center was the first American institution of its kind and a bastion of positivist and neo-positivist thought. At the time Jeff and I were there, the staff included, in addition to Feigl and Maxwell, Paul Meehl, Roger Steuwer and Keith Gunderson. There were many enthusiastic graduate students, and there was participation, on occasion, from the members of the Philosophy Department, as well as the departments of physics, psychology, mathematics and chemistry. The extent to which this (to us ideal) environment was held together by the force of Feigl's personality became evident only many years later. The political liberalism of the Viennese Positivists was very much reflected in the philosophicalatmosphereFeiglcreated,anatmospherethatwasmarkedbyopenness, collegiality and intellectual freedom. Combined with its excellent permanent faculty and steady stream of distinguished visitors, the Center was especially well-suited to Jeff's and my early friendship, our analytic and speculative interests, and our early collaboration.This collaboration was continued when we were members of the Philosophy Department at Western Ontario.

Preface A new modal interpretation of quantum mechanics in terms of relational properties Joseph Berkovitz and Meir Hemmo Why special relativity should not be a template for a reformulation of quantum mechanics Harvey Brown and Chris Timpson On symmetries and conserved quantities in classical mechanics Jeremy Butterfield On the notion of a physical theory of an incompletely knowable domain William Demopoulos Markov properties and quantum experiments Clark Glymour Quantum entropy Stan Gudder Symmetry and the scope of scientific realism Richard Healey Is it true or is it false; or somewhere in between? The logic of quantum mechanics C.J. Isham Einstein's hole argument and Weyl's field-body relationalism Herbert Korte Quantum mechanics as a theory of probability Itamar Pitowsky John von Neumann on quantum correlations Miklos Redei Kriske, Tupman and quantum logic: The quantum logician's conundrum Allen Stairs Bibliography of the publications of Jeffrey Bub to 2006 Index


Titel: Physical Theory and its Interpretation
Untertitel: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Bub
EAN: 9789048172146
ISBN: 9048172144
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Netherlands
Anzahl Seiten: 296
Gewicht: 452g
Größe: H235mm x B155mm x T16mm
Jahr: 2010
Auflage: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006

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