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Philosophy and the Interpretation of Quantum Physics

Badis Ydri


Quantum mechanics is perhaps the greatest scientific breakthrough ever achieved. It brought with it a seismic paradigm shift in our way of thinking about nature, and at the same time, it underpins most of the dramatic technological innovations of the modern era, as well as providing a profound lasting impact on our metaphysical conception of reality. This book provides oversight of many views on the interpretation of quantum physics and the wide philosophical debate that still embroils this subject. Following an introduction to quantum mechanics according to the Copenhagen interpretation and the many-worlds formalism, the reader is taken on a journey exploring the many physical results and theorems of quantum philosophy with an emphasis on quantum entanglement and Bell's theorem before proceeding to explore Hawking radiation and the corresponding information loss problem and its unitary resolution and the connection between spacetime geometry and quantum entanglement. The book then explores the issues of time and consciousness as both are intimately related to the foundation of quantum mechanics and concludes with a synthesis based on quantum dualism, i.e. the fact that the Copenhagen interpretation provides the local view of reality whereas the many-worlds formalism provides the manifold view and the two views are complementary, not contradictory. The breadth of coverage and renewed interest surrounding the interpretation of quantum physics will make the book essential reading for physicists working in or interested in the field of quantum physics and quantum reality, as well as those studying philosophy of science. Key Features Pedagogical exposition Accessible to students, built on graduate lecture courses Synthesis of interpretation ideas A fundamental topic of paramount importance with many unresolved issues

About Editors

Badis Ydri, cur­rently a pro­fes­sor of the­o­ret­i­cal par­ti­cle physics, teach­ing at the In­sti­tute of Physics, Badji Mokhtar Annaba Uni­ver­sity, Al­ge­ria, received his PhD from Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity, New York, USA and in 2011 his Ha­bil­i­ta­tion from Annaba Uni­ver­sity, Annaba, Al­ge­ria. Pro­fes­sor Ydri is also a re­search as­so­ci­ate at the Dublin In­sti­tute for Advanced Stud­ies, Dublin, Ire­land, and a reg­u­lar ICTP as­so­ci­ate at the Abdus Salam Cen­ter for The­o­ret­i­cal Physics, Tri­este, Italy. His post-doc­toral ex­pe­ri­ence com­prises a Marie Curie fel­low­ship at Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sity Berlin, Ger­many, and a Hamil­ton fel­low­ship at the Dublin In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Stud­ies, Ire­land. His cur­rent re­search di­rec­tions include: the gauge/grav­ity du­al­ity; the renor­mal­iza­tion group method in ma­trix and non­com­mu­ta­tive field the­o­ries; non-com­mu­ta­tive and ma­trix field the­ory; quan­tum grav­ity as emer­gent geom­e­try, emer­gent grav­ity and emer­gent cos­mol­ogy from ma­trix mod­els.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 The measurement problem and interpretations of quantum mechanics 3 The information loss problem in quantum black holes 4 Quantum dualism 5 Black Hole interpretation of quantum mechanics 6 On quantum logic and quantum metaphysics 7 Interpretation of the "Copenhagen Interpretation" 8 Neutral monism, perspectivism and the quantum dualism


Hardback ISBN: 9780750325981

Ebook ISBN: 9780750326001

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2600-1

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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