The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds
By (author) Jeffrey A. Barrett
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Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds by Jeffrey A. Barrett
Book DescriptionJeffrey Barrett presents the most comprehensive study yet of a problem that has puzzled physicists and philosophers since the 1930s. The standard theory of quantum mechanics is in one sense the most successful physical theory ever, predicting the behaviour of the basic constituents of all physical things; no other theory has ever made such accurate empirical predictions. However, if one tries to understand the theory as providing a complete and accurate framework for the description of the behaviour of all physical interactions, it becomes evident that the theory is ambiguous, or even logically inconsistent. The most notable attempt to formulate the theory so as to deal with this problem, the quantum measurement problem, was initiated by Hugh Everett III in the 1950s. Barrett gives a careful and challenging examination and evaluation of the work of Everett and those who have followed him. His informal approach, minimizing technicality, will make the book accessible and illuminating for philosophers and physicists alike. Anyone interested in the interpretation of quantum mechanics should read it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199247431
(217mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jeffrey A. Barrett
Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Hardback (May 2012)
Hugh Everett III was an American physicist best known for his many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which formed the basis of his PhD thesis at Princeton University in 1957. This book presents the long and short versions of Everett's thesis along with a collection of his explanatory writings and correspondence.
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A comprehensive study of a problem that has puzzled physicists and philosophers since the 1930s: the ambiguity of the theory of quantum mechanics if one tries to understand it as providing a complete framework for the description of the behaviour of all physical interactions.
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