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Philosophy of Quantum Information and Entanglement

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Sandu Popescu, Lorenza Viola, Howard Barnum, Lucien Hardy, Andrei Khrennikov, Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano, John Myers, Hadi Madjid, Leah Henderson, Armond Duwell, Wayne Myrvold, Chris Timpson, Jeff Bub, Tai Wu
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  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521898768

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  • Recent work in quantum information science has produced a revolution in our understanding of quantum entanglement. Scientists now view entanglement as a physical resource with many important applications. These range from quantum computers, which would be able to compute exponentially faster than classical computers, to quantum cryptographic techniques, which could provide unbreakable codes for the transfer of secret information over public channels. These important advances in the study of quantum entanglement and information touch on deep foundational issues in both physics and philosophy. This interdisciplinary volume brings together fourteen of the world's leading physicists and philosophers of physics to address the most important developments and debates in this exciting area of research. It offers a broad spectrum of approaches to resolving deep foundational challenges - philosophical, mathematical, and physical - raised by quantum information, quantum processing, and entanglement. This book is ideal for historians, philosophers of science and physicists.

    • Brings together leading researchers to examine the philosophical foundations of quantum information and entanglement
    • Interdisciplinary volume presenting the latest research to both physicists and philosophers of physics
    • Discusses the fundamental issues at the forefront of quantum information science
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    "In the end, then, this volume has much to recommend it. Those who agree with its dominant philosophical perspectives will find a diverse set of rich and stimulating papers, representative of the best cutting-edge research in this exciting interdisciplinary program. Those who disagree will still learn about the kinds of research the information theoretic perspective is stimulating and will in addition be encouraged to confront an eminently worthwhile question: how can one understand all of this important progress from a more realist point of view?"
    Travis Norsen, Marlboro College for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521898768
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality:
    1. Nonlocality beyond quantum mechanics Sandu Popescu
    2. Entanglement and subsystems, entanglement beyond subsystems, and all that Lorenza Viola and Howard Barnum
    3. Formalism locality in quantum theory and quantum gravity Lucien Hardy
    Part II. Quantum Probability:
    4. Bell's inequality from the contextual probabilistic viewpoint Andrei Khrennikov
    5. Probabilistic theories: what is special about quantum mechanics? Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
    6. What probabilities tell about quantum systems, with application to entropy and entanglement John Myers and Hadi Madjid
    7. Bayesian updating and information gain in quantum measurements Leah Henderson
    Part III. Quantum Information:
    8. Schumacher information and the philosophy of physics Arnold Duwell
    9. From physics to information theory and back Wayne Myrvold
    10. Information, immaterialism, and instrumentalism: old and new in quantum information Chris Timpson
    Part IV. Quantum Communication and Computing:
    11. Quantum computation: where does the speed-up come from? Jeff Bub
    12. Quantum mechanics, quantum computing and quantum cryptography Tai Wu.

  • Editors

    Alisa Bokulich, Boston University
    Alisa Bokulich is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Boston University, and an active member of Boston University's Center for Philosophy and History of Science. Her research focuses on the history and philosophy of physics, as well as broader issues in the philosophy of science.

    Gregg Jaeger, Boston University
    Gregg Jaeger is a Professor at Boston University, where he teaches courses in the Mathematics, Natural Science, and Philosophy departments. His recent research focuses on decoherence, entanglement, quantum computing, and quantum cryptography, and in 2008 he was awarded a Kavli fellowship.

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    Sandu Popescu, Lorenza Viola, Howard Barnum, Lucien Hardy, Andrei Khrennikov, Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano, John Myers, Hadi Madjid, Leah Henderson, Armond Duwell, Wayne Myrvold, Chris Timpson, Jeff Bub, Tai Wu

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