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Consistent Quantum Theory

Consistent Quantum Theory

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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539296

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  • This volume elucidates the consistent quantum theory approach to quantum mechanics at a level accessible to university students in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, making this an ideal supplement to standard textbooks. Griffiths provides a clear explanation of points not yet adequately treated in traditional texts and which students find confusing, as do their teachers. The book will also be of interest to physicists and philosophers working on the foundations of quantum mechanics.

    • Comprehensive account
    • Written by one of the main figures in the field
    • Paperback edition of successful work on philosophy of quantum mechanics
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    "Students, teachers and researchers familiar with or interested in issues of interpretation of quantum mechanics will enjoy this book." Choice

    "The book is systematic and clear. The conceptual framework of the consistent histories approach is sharply delinerated, there is an abundance of examples, open questions are honestly identified, and there are references to more detailed studies. I think it is the best book on consistent histories thus far, indispensable for those who want to understand this interpretation of quantum mechanics." Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521539296
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 185 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Wave functions
    3. Linear algebra in Dirac notation
    4. Physical properties
    5. Probabilities and physical variables
    6. Composite systems and tensor products
    7. Unitary dynamics
    8. Stochastic histories
    9. The Born rule
    10. Consistent histories
    11. Checking consistency
    12. Examples of consistent families
    13. Quantum interference
    14. Dependent (contextual) events
    15. Density matrices
    16. Quantum reasoning
    17. Measurements I
    18. Measurements II
    19. Coins and counterfactuals
    20. Delayed choice paradox
    21. Indirect measurement paradox
    22. Incompatibility paradoxes
    23. Singlet state correlations
    24. EPR paradox and Bell inequalities
    25. Hardy's paradox
    26. Decoherence and the classical limit
    27. Quantum theory and reality
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Robert B. Griffiths, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    Robert B. Griffiths is the Otto Stern University Professor of Physics at Carnegie-Mellon University. In 1962, he received his PhD in physics from Stanford University. Currently a Fellow of the American Physical Society and member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, he received the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics from the American Physical Society in 1984. He is the author or co-author of 130 papers on various topics in theoretical physics, mainly statistical and quantum mechanics.

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