Epistemology and Probability Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and the Nature of QuantumTheoretical Thinking
It also addresses the relevant aspects of quantum information theory and considers the implications of its epistemological argument for higherlevel quantum theories, such as quantum field theory and string and brane theories. One of the main contributions of the book is its analysis of the role ofm...
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Format:  eBook 
Language:  English 
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New York, NY
Springer New York
2010, 2010

Edition:  1st ed. 2010 
Series:  Fundamental Theories of Physics

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Collection:  Springer eBooks 2005  Collection details see MPG.ReNa 
Summary:  It also addresses the relevant aspects of quantum information theory and considers the implications of its epistemological argument for higherlevel quantum theories, such as quantum field theory and string and brane theories. One of the main contributions of the book is its analysis of the role ofmathematics in quantum theory and in the thinking of Bohr, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger, in particular an examination of the new (visàvis classical physics and relativity) type of the relationships between mathematics and physics introduced by Heisenberg in the course of his discovery of quantum mechanics. Although Epistemology and Probability is aimed at physicists, philosophers and historians of science, and graduate and advanced undergraduate students in these fields, it is also written with a broader audience in mind and is accessible to readers unfamiliar with the higherlevel mathematics used in quantum theory The book brings together the thought of the three figures most responsible for the rise of quantum mechanics—Heisenberg and Schrödinger, on the physical side, and Bohr, on the philosophical side—in order to develop a deeper sense of the physical, mathematical, and philosophical workings of quantumtheoretical thinking. Reciprocally, giving a special emphasis on probability and specifically to the Bayesian concept of probability allows the book to gain new insights into the thought of these figures. The book reconsiders, from this perspective, the BohrEinstein debate on the epistemology of quantum physics and, in particular, offers a new treatment of the famous experiment of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR), and of the BohrEinstein exchange concerning the subject. Quantum mechanics, discovered by Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger in 19251926, is famous for its radical implications for our conception of physics and for our view of human knowledge in general. While these implications have been seen as scientifically productive and intellectually liberating to some, Niels Bohr and Heisenberg, among them, they have been troublesome to many others, including Schrödinger and, most famously, Albert Einstein. The situation led to the intense debate that started in the wake of its discovery and has continued into our own time, with no end appearing to be in sight. Epistemology and Probability aims to contribute to our understanding of quantum mechanics and of the reasons for its extraordinary impact by reconsidering, under the rubric of "nonclassical epistemology," the nature of epistemology and probability, and their relationships in quantum theory. 

Physical Description:  XXXIV, 402 p. 2 illus online resource 
ISBN:  9780387853345 