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Quantum mechanics is considered one of mankind's such a lot outstanding highbrow achievements. Stunningly winning and stylish, it demanding situations our inner most intuitions in regards to the international. during this e-book, seventeen physicists and philosophers, all deeply eager about knowing quantum mechanics, respond to Schlosshauer's penetrating questions about the primary matters. They supply us an intimate examine their substantially alternative ways of constructing feel of the theory's strangeness. what's quantum mechanics approximately? what's it telling us approximately nature? Can quantum info or new experiments support carry the fog? And the place are we headed subsequent? everybody attracted to the modern yet usually longstanding conundrums of quantum conception, no matter if lay reader or professional, will locate a lot nutrition for proposal in those pages. A wealth of private reflections and anecdotes warrantly an enticing learn.

Participants: Guido Bacciagaluppi, Caslav Brukner, Jeffrey Bub, Arthur superb, Christopher Fuchs, GianCarlo Ghirardi, Shelly Goldstein, Daniel Greenberger, Lucien Hardy, Anthony Leggett, Tim Maudlin, David Mermin, Lee Smolin, Antony Valentini, David Wallace, Anton Zeilinger, and Wojciech Zurek.

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He is the coauthor, with Guido Bacciagaluppi, of Quantum eory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the Solvay Conference (Cambridge, ). : D W is a lecturer in philosophy at Oxford University and a tutorial fellow in philosophy of science at Balliol College, Oxford. Born in San Rafael, California, in , he earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Merton College, Oxford. D. in physics, working with Artur Ekert on the foundations of quantum theory. D. in philosophy in . His doctoral research was advised by Simon Saunders and focused on the Everett interpretation.

Still, it is to Abner I owe my rst introduction to the eld, as very many others in fact do. ” Taking apart a watch and putting it back together never got me as excited as thinking about what makes the watch tick in the rst place. e reason for this wasn’t just that often there were a few pieces left after I had put the watch back together. It was more a form of deep emotional excitement I experienced when thinking about basic questions. ere were two events, however, which de nitely determined the choice of my future profession.

So I read large fragments of the Lectures. I thought that Feynman’s discussion of the double-slit experiment was fascinating. I also took an excellent course on quantum mechanics when I was a student at Kraków’s Technical University in the section of nuclear physics. ere were just seven students taking our class, and so the teacher (Professor Guła) decided to go for it. It was a very advanced and personalized course. , I recognized a similarity between Guła’s approach and Dirac’s Quantum eory. I also listened to lectures at Jagiellonian University, whose physics department was across the street from the Technical University.

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