Epistemology and Probability: Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and the Nature of Quantum-Theoretical Thinking (Fundamental Theories of Physics)

Epistemology and Probability: Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and the Nature of Quantum-Theoretical Thinking (Fundamental Theories of Physics)

Arkady Plotnitsky


The e-book deals an exploration of the relationships among epistemology and likelihood within the paintings of Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schrödinger; in quantum mechanics; and in smooth physics as an entire. It additionally considers the consequences of those relationships and of quantum concept itself for our knowing of the character of pondering and data normally. those implications are radical and debatable. whereas they've been obvious as scientifically effective and intellectually freeing to a few, Bohr and Heisenberg between them, they've been challenging to many others, starting with Schrödinger and, so much famously, Einstein, who refused to think that God might inn to enjoying cube, as quantum concept seemed to call for. the placement ended in an severe debate, specifically the good war of words among Einstein and Bohr, which begun round the time of the invention of quantum mechanics through Heisenberg and Schrödinger in Twenties and has overshadowed the heritage of the controversy relating quantum mechanics ever considering the fact that. the talk itself surrounding quantum concept and the depth of the controversy relating it have remained undiminished. No finish seems to be in sight. whilst, despite the large and ever proliferating quantity of commentaries in all genres (technical, philosophical, and popular), many of the deeper philosophical facets of quantum mechanics and of the philosophical considered the figures thought of during this examine usually stay explored. the most goal of this publication is to give a contribution to a greater realizing of the character of quantum-theoretical pondering and of the explanations for this awesome influence and controversy. Philosophically, the publication pursues this job by means of bringing jointly in a brand new method the relationships among epistemology and chance in quantum conception and past. traditionally, it does so via attractive comprehensively and in a jointly illuminating approach with the paintings of all 3 key figures answerable for the delivery of quantum mechanics - Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and, as matters quantum epistemology, Bohr - which has no longer be formerly performed in literature on quantum mechanics. between different key contributions of the booklet is an research of the position of arithmetic in quantum thought and within the contemplating Bohr, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger; a brand new remedy of the recognized test of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR) and of the Bohr-Einstein trade relating it; and an exploration of the consequences of the epistemological problematics thought of via the booklet for brand new advancements of quantum mechanics itself, resembling quantum details idea, at the one hand, and, at the different, for higher-level actual theories, from quantum box thought to string/brane theories and new cosmological theories.

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