Synopses & Reviews
The contributors to this volume, most of them well-known for their writings in philosophy and physics, tackle the conceptual problems of quantum mechanics from a variety of mathematical and philosophical angles. Almost half the papers focus on the largely uncharted territory of relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. These papers include: two opposing analyses of the puzzles surrounding particle localization; studies of the problems encountered in relativistically generalizing spontaneous wave packet reduction and the causal interpretation of quantum mechanics; a look at the status of locality in algebraic relativistic quantum field theory; and an attempt to clarify the tangled relation between wave and particle concepts in the context of quantum fields. The remainder of the papers present new and innovative approaches to long standing problems in the foundations of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics - problems about measurement, irreversibility, nonlocality, contextualism, and the classical limit of quantum mechanics. Audience: Theoretical physicists and philosophers of science, as well as graduate students in these disciplines.
Table of Contents
Preface. In defense of dogma: why there cannot be a relativistic quantum mechanics of (localizable) particles; D.B. Malament. Just how radical is hyperplane dependence? G. Fleming. Is there superluminal causation in relativistic quantum field theory?; M. Rédei. EPR, relativity, and the GHZ experiment; C. Pagonis, et al. Hidden quantum non-locality; N.D. Mermin. Royer's measurements - the rise and fall of (yet another) signalling scheme; I. Pitowsky. Tails of Schrödinger's cat; D.Z. Albert, B. Loewer. Wavefunction collapse models with nonwhite noise; P. Pearle. The emergence of classical properties from quantum mechanics; L.E. Ballentine. Relativism; S. Saunders. Wave and particle concepts in quantum field theory; P. Teller. The conceptual relation between standard quantum mechanics and quantum field theory; D. Robinson. What measurement problem? J.T. Cushing. Bovine metaphysics: remarks on the significance of the gravitational phase effect in quantum mechanics; H.R. Brown. Exotic (quixotic?) applications of Bohm theory; R. Weingard. Complementarity and the orthodox (Dirac-von Neumann) interpretation of quantum mechanics; J. Bub. Logical reflections on the Kochen-Specker theorem; J.L. Bell. Construction of quantum mechanics via commutative operations; S. Kochen.