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Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: An Exploration of the Physical Meaning of Quantum Theory

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Authored by an acclaimed teacher of quantum physics and philosophy, this textbook pays special attention to the aspects that many courses sweep under the carpet. Traditional courses in quantum mechanics teach students how to use the quantum formalism to make calculations. But even the best students - indeed, especially the best students - emerge rather confused about what, ...more
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Published October 16th 2017 by Springer
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Ryan McKenzie
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
According to the physicist David Mermin, the orthodox (Copenhagen) interpretation of quantum mechanics is encapsulated by the phrase "shut up and calculate." This is good advice for anyone learning the subject, but anyone with a serious interest in science will find it lacking. Norsen's book provides a gentle introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics suitable for anyone who has taken an introductory course on the subject. The book fills a much needed void in standard university physic ...more
Mark Moon
Probably the best extant introduction to this subject. It's suitable for people with only a modest familiarity with quantum mechanics, and doesn't require any heavy mathematical machinery - one hardly even needs to understand what a Hilbert space or a differential equation is in order to appreciate most of the salient points.

The book focuses on three foundational problems of quantum mechanics:

1) The measurement problem: Why don't we observe superpositions of measurement results?
2) The ontology p
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Ruward
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this!

This is a book that we physics foundationalists have been waiting for a long time: nothing particularly or deeply new, but the first accessible, readible and complete presentation of the problems hidden in quantum physics that I know of.

In particular, the unentangling of the measurement problem and the ontology problem has helped me personally with getting things clear. Although one needs to have experience with some physics, the philosophical prerequisites are kept minimal, and the c
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Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Infinitely better than mathematically rigorous textbooks for any student who does not have the mathematical familiarity to understand wave functions and differential equations. Easy to read and follow along with despite no previous knowledge of anything more than the double-slit experiment and the concept of spin.
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