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The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Roland Omnès

Paperback | 1994 | $99.95 | £83.95 | ISBN: 9780691036694
568 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 42 line illus.
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The interpretation of quantum mechanics has been controversial since the introduction of quantum theory in the 1920s. Although the Copenhagen interpretation is commonly accepted, its usual formulation suffers from some serious drawbacks. Based mainly on Bohr's concepts, the formulation assumes an independent and essential validity of classical concepts running in parallel with quantum ones, and leaves open the possibility of their ultimate conflict. In this book, Roland Omnès examines a number of recent advances, which, combined, lead to a consistent revision of the Copenhagen interpretation. His aim is to show how this interpretation can fit all present experiments, to weed out unnecessary or questionable assumptions, and to assess the domain of validity where the older statements apply.

Drawing on the new contributions, The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics offers a complete and self-contained treatment of interpretation (in nonrelativistic physics) in a manner accessible to both physicists and students. Although some "hard" results are included, the concepts and mathematical developments are maintained at an undergraduate level. This book enables readers to check every step, apply the techniques to new problems, and make sure that no paradox or obscurity can arise in the theory. In the conclusion, the author discusses various philosophical implications pertinent to the study of quantum mechanics.


"This book gives an excellent account of the modern interpretation of quantum mechanics from the Copenhagen point of view. It is a seminal work that should be bought and studied by everyone interested in the field."--Physics World

Table of Contents:

How To Read this Book
1 Elementary Quantum Mechanics 3
2 The Problems of Measurement Theory 60
3 Foundations and Properties 110
4 Histories 122
5 The Logical Framework of Quantum Mechanics 144
6 Recovering Classical Physics 201
7 Decoherence 268
8 Measurement Theory 324
9 Questioning Quantum Mechanics 378
10 Nonclassical Macroscopic Systems 409
11 Experiments 433
12 Summary and Outlook 467
Notes 533
Index 545

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