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Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics

Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics
Collected Papers on Quantum Philosophy

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521523387

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  • John Bell, FRS was one of the leading expositors and interpreters of modern quantum theory. He is particularly famous for his discovery of the crucial difference between the predictions of conventional quantum mechanics and the implications of local causality, a concept insisted on by Einstein. John Bell's work played a major role in the development of our current understanding of the profound nature of quantum concepts and of the fundamental limitations they impose on the applicability of the classical ideas of space, time and locality. This book includes all of John Bell's published and unpublished papers on the conceptual and philosophical problems of quantum mechanics, including two papers that appeared after the first edition was published. The book includes a short Preface written by the author for the first edition, and also an introduction by Alain Aspect that puts into context John Bell's enormous contribution to the quantum philosophy debate.

    • First edition sold nearly 15,000 copies, and received exceptional reviews
    • Includes two papers published after the first edition was published and before Bell died, together with a long introduction by Alain Aspect
    • An excellent collection of John Bell's enormous contributions to the quantum philosophy debate
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From reviews of the first edition: '… a timely and immensely valuable book … much of [it] is so good that it surely could not be bettered.' New Scientist

    '… an exemplary introduction to the continuing debates about quantum mechanics.' Nature

    'Das Buch ist ein 'Muss' für jeden, der sich für Grundlagen dew Quantentheorieinteressiert.' Physikalische Blanter

    'This book is lovely and thoughtful, and it should be read by everyone interested in fundamental questions of nature.' American Journal of Physics

    '… the new edition of Bell's papers is a must-buy for anyone seriously interested in the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and in understanding Bell's contribution to our grasp of the subject.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521523387
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of papers on quantum philosophy by J. S. Bell
    Introduction by Alain Aspect
    1. On the problem of hidden variables in quantum mechanics
    2. On the Einstein–Rosen–Podolsky paradox
    3. The moral aspects of quantum mechanics
    4. Introduction to the hidden-variable question
    5. Subject and object
    6. On wave packet reduction in the Coleman–Hepp model
    7. The theory of local beables
    8. Locality in quantum mechanics: reply to critics
    9. How to teach special relativity
    10. Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen experiments
    11. The measurement theory of Everett and de Broglie's pilot wave
    12. Free variables and local causality
    13. Atomic-cascade photons and quantum-mechanical nonlocality
    14. de Broglie–Bohm delayed choice double-slit experiments and density matrix
    15. Quantum mechanics for cosmologists
    16. Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality
    17. On the impossible pilot wave
    18. Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics
    19. Beables for quantum field theory
    20. Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics
    21. EPR correlations and EPR distributions
    22. Are there quantum jumps?
    23. Against 'measurement'
    24. La Nouvelle cuisine.

  • Author

    J. S. Bell
    J. S. Bell is a distinguished physicist well known for his work on the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics, who died in 1990.

    Introduction by

    Alain Aspect

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