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Quantum Mechanics and Experience

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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 t ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Harvard University Press (first published 1992)
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May 07, 2016 Morgan rated it liked it
Quantum Mechanics and Experience discusses the major interpretation issues in standard quantum mechanics formalisms. Specifically, it goes over the idea of collapse and the idea of non-locality and talks about various interpretations that people have tried to make of them.

The idea of collapse is that QM predicts that some particles can be in a superposition of states right up until you measure them, and once you measure them they're in only one state. They collapse from superposition to singlepo
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Mar 29, 2009 Jacob J rated it really liked it
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An excellent explanation of exactly what makes quantum mechanics unfathomable written to the non-physicist. This book takes an approach I have rarely seen of giving just enough math to give the reader an idea of how the strangeness of quantum mechanics falls out of mathematical equations. It does this with only a very basic refresher course in vector math and I got a lot our of this approach.
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Oct 21, 2016 Timothy rated it it was amazing
Understandable, but technically precise and philosophically rigorous.
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Jun 17, 2009 William Parker rated it liked it
Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics is deterministic yet allows for free will. "There is, right now ... an objective physical matter of fact about what that future act of [the observer:] is going to be; and (moreover) [the observer:] now knows, with certainty, what that act is going to be; and (moreover) that no other observer in the world (no matter how adept they may be at measuring or calculating) can possibly know (right now) what that act is going to be." Bohm's interpretation is inc ...more
Superb. The second chapter on the mathematical formalism is a bit heavy going at times, but it's quite enlightening how having that foundation established makes the quantum theory and philosophy in the chapters that follow that much more lucid and compelling. I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to Quantum Mechanics, but it's quite excellent for those with a basic understanding of the (meta)physical theories behind this conundrum's conundrum.
Aug 19, 2007 Jacob rated it it was ok
Overall I was excited at the prospect of this book, but found it rather difficult to grasp what Albert was trying to express. He used the same terminology throughout the book which didn't come across clearly to me. His examples were also not very engaging.
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the best book to read to get a sense of the current state of play in the foundations of quantum mechanics.
Aug 06, 2008 Cory rated it it was amazing
if you are at all interested in or curious about the philosophy of quantum mechanics, this is a remarkable and accessible introductory book.
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