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Understanding Quantum Mechanics

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Here Roland Omnès offers a clear, up-to-date guide to the conceptual framework of quantum mechanics. In an area that has provoked much philosophical debate, Omnès has achieved high recognition for his Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Princeton 1994), a book for specialists. Now the author has transformed his own theory into a short and readable text that enables beginning students and experienced physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers to form a comprehensive picture of the field while learning about the most recent advances.

This new book presents a more streamlined version of the Copenhagen interpretation, showing its logical consistency and completeness. The problem of measurement is a major area of inquiry, with the author surveying its history from Planck to Heisenberg before describing the consistent-histories interpretation. He draws upon the most recent research on the decoherence effect (related to the modern resolution of the famous Schrödinger's cat problem) and an exact formulation of the correspondence between quantum and particle physics (implying a derivation of classical determinism from quantum probabilism).

Interpretation is organized with the help of a universal and sound language using so-called consistent histories. As a language and a method, it can now be shown to be free of ambiguity and it makes interpretation much clearer and closer to common sense.

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Omn<`e>s (physics, U. of Paris XI) offers beginning students and other bewildered readers with some science background, an explanation of the interpretation of quantum mechanics. He argues that the interpretations are now totally consistent and logical with the development of the concept of decoherence and the full insertion of classical physics into the framework of quantum physics. He intends this account to augment a core textbook on the discipline.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Here Roland Omnès offers a clear, up-to-date guide to the conceptual framework of quantum mechanics. In an area that has provoked much philosophical debate, Omnès has achieved high recognition for his Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Princeton 1994), a book for specialists. Now the author has transformed his own theory into a short and readable text that enables beginning students and experienced physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers to form a comprehensive picture of the field while learning about the most recent advances.

This new book presents a more streamlined version of the Copenhagen interpretation, showing its logical consistency and completeness. The problem of measurement is a major area of inquiry, with the author surveying its history from Planck to Heisenberg before describing the consistent-histories interpretation. He draws upon the most recent research on the decoherence effect (related to the modern resolution of the famous Schrödinger's cat problem) and an exact formulation of the correspondence between quantum and particle physics (implying a derivation of classical determinism from quantum probabilism).

Interpretation is organized with the help of a universal and sound language using so-called consistent histories. As a language and a method, it can now be shown to be free of ambiguity and it makes interpretation much clearer and closer to common sense.

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1The Genesis of Quantum Mechanics1
Ch. 1The Discovery of Planck's Constant3
Ch. 2The Bohr Atom11
Ch. 3Matrix Mechanics22
Ch. 4Wave Mechanics30
Pt. 2A Short History of Interpretation37
Ch. 5The Copenhagen Interpretation41
Ch. 6Interpretation after Copenhagen55
Ch. 7The Present State of Interpretation69
Pt. 3Reconstructing Interpretation87
Ch. 8Principles90
Ch. 9Quantum Properties103
Ch. 10Classical Properties110
Ch. 11Classical Dynamics124
Ch. 12Histories134
Ch. 13The State of a System144
Ch. 14Consistent Histories157
Ch. 15Complementarity169
Ch. 16Recovering Common Sense183
Ch. 17The Decoherence Effect196
Ch. 18Theory of Decoherence208
Ch. 19Decoherence and Measurements221
Ch. 20Fundamental Questions235
Ch. 21Measurements257
Ch. 22Experiments267
Notes and Comments285
References295
Index303

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691004358
Author:
Omnes, Roland
Author:
Cmnes, Roland
Author:
Omns, Roland
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
Mathematical Physics
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Physics-Quantum Mechanics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 1999
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 line illus.
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Here Roland Omnès offers a clear, up-to-date guide to the conceptual framework of quantum mechanics. In an area that has provoked much philosophical debate, Omnès has achieved high recognition for his Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Princeton 1994), a book for specialists. Now the author has transformed his own theory into a short and readable text that enables beginning students and experienced physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers to form a comprehensive picture of the field while learning about the most recent advances.

This new book presents a more streamlined version of the Copenhagen interpretation, showing its logical consistency and completeness. The problem of measurement is a major area of inquiry, with the author surveying its history from Planck to Heisenberg before describing the consistent-histories interpretation. He draws upon the most recent research on the decoherence effect (related to the modern resolution of the famous Schrödinger's cat problem) and an exact formulation of the correspondence between quantum and particle physics (implying a derivation of classical determinism from quantum probabilism).

Interpretation is organized with the help of a universal and sound language using so-called consistent histories. As a language and a method, it can now be shown to be free of ambiguity and it makes interpretation much clearer and closer to common sense.

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