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A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics
Possibilities and Impossibilities of a Modal Interpretation

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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521675673

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  • Modal interpretations provide a general framework within which quantum mechanics can be considered as a theory that describes reality in terms of physical systems possessing definite properties. Modal interpretations are relatively new attempts to present quantum mechanics as a theory which, like other physical theories, describes an observer-independent reality. In this book, Pieter Vermaas details the results of this work. He provides both an accessible survey and a systematic reference work about how to understand quantum mechanics using a modal interpretation. The book will be of great value to undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in philosophy of science and physics departments with an interest in learning about modal interpretations of quantum mechanics.

    • The most complete survey to date of the modal interpretation of quantum mechanics
    • Impartial survey; does not attempt to push a certain case
    • Organised so that it can be read either from beginning to end or used as a reference book
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    "In my view this work will turn out to be a milestone in the project, now already 30 years old, of modal interpretations." Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521675673
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Quantum mechanics
    3. Modal interpretations
    Part I. Formalism:
    4. The different versions
    5. The full property ascription
    6. Joint property ascriptions
    7. Discontinuities, instabilities and other bad behaviour
    8. Transition probabilities
    9. Dynamical autonomy and locality
    Part II. Physics:
    10. The measurement problem
    11. The Born rule
    Part III. Philosophy:
    12. Properties, states, measurement outcomes and effective states
    13. Holism versus reductionism
    14. Possibilities and impossibilities
    15. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Pieter E. Vermaas, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands

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