Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics
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Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics

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Modern physics was born from two great revolutions: relativity and the quantum theory. Relativity imposed a locality constraint on physical theories: since nothing can go faster than light, very distant events cannot influence one another. Only in the last few decades has it become clear that the quantum theory violates this constraint. The work of J.S. Bell has demonstrat...more
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Published February 11th 2002 by Blackwell Publishers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Chris Duval
For those, like me, who have been troubled over the decades by violations of Bell inequality, then this is a must read. This is true even if the competence you bring to the book is limited.

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For a full critical understanding--which I did not obtain--you should understand calculus to the point of partial derivatives and should also know probability notation. Without this, the gist of arguments can be understood by anyone who does not shy away from symbolic presentations and logic (assumi...more
Hans Coessens
Maudlin is quite detailed and aware of the importance in a process of accumulating prior information from the previous chapters which makes the apprehension of both quantum mechanics and of special relativity a fairly easy task. The mathematical tools are simple linear equations and Lorentz transformations. Perhaps the greatest part of the book is that it delves into questions that usually physicists tend to either brush off or be completely ignorant about, that is to say the nature and compatib...more
lucas
maudlin can be a little demanding, but this is a great overview of the problems in marrying quantum mechanics with relativity theory.
Cory
can be difficult at times.
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