Quantum Mechanics and ExperienceeBook - 1992
"The more science tells us about the world, the stranger it looks. Ever since physics first penetrated the atom, early in this century, what it found there has stood as a radical and unanswered challenge to many of our most cherished conceptions of nature. It has literally been called into question since then whether or not there are always objective matters of fact about the whereabouts of subatomic particles, or about the locations of tables and chairs, or even about the very contents of our thoughts. A new kind of uncertainty has become a principle of science." "This book is an original and provocative investigation of that challenge, as well as a novel attempt at writing about science in a style that is simultaneously elementary and deep. It is a lucid and self-contained introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics, accessible to anyone with a high school mathematics education, and at the same time a rigorous discussion of the most important recent advances in our understanding of that subject, some of which are due to the author himself." "For Albert, the problem of measurement is the central problem of quantum mechanics, and he devotes particular attention to various attempts to solve it - including theories of the collapse of the wave function, hidden-variable theories, and multiple-universe theories. The engaging style and the extraordinary clarity of this book will make it a welcome contribution to a field that has typically appeared a great deal more difficult and obscure than Albert shows it to be."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 206 pages) : illustrations