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Author Cannavo, S. (Salvator)

Title Quantum theory : a philosopher's overview / Salvator Cannavo.

Published Albany, NY : SUNY Press, c2009.


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Physical description xiv, 173 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-164) and index.
Contents 1. The Quantum and Classical Theories: A Crucial Difference of Theory Type -- Quantum Theory -- Classical Theory -- The "Unfinished" Quantum Theory -- 2. Quantum Puzzles: A Clash with the Traditional Realism of Natural Science -- The Core Formalism -- The Hypostatization of the Core Formalism -- The Nondeterministic Part of the Quantum Formalism -- Wave-Particle Duality in Quantum Experiments -- Superposition -- The Measurement Problem -- The Projection Postulate: Wave Collapse -- 3. More Quantum Puzzles -- Quantum Uncertainty -- Virtual Pair Production -- Phase Entanglement -- Quantum-Theoretic Description and Completeness -- Bell's Inequality: The Unyielding Challenge to Traditional Scientific Realism -- 4. Interpretation -- The Problem of Interpretation: Old and Persistent -- Objective Realism in Physical Science -- Hidden Variable Interpretations: Highly Problematic -- Copenhagenism: No Less Problematic -- 5. Fresh Starts -- The Many Worlds Interpretation: New and Old Problems -- The Many Minds Interpretation: More Problems -- Decoherence Theory: Somewhat Promising -- GRW Theory -- Positivism -- Interpretation in a Fuller Sense: Ontic Interpretation -- 6. Explanatory and Algorithmic Nomologicals: Of Which Kind is Quantum Theory? -- Nomological Types -- Scientific Explanation -- Causation and Explanation -- Quantum Theory; Born Algorithmic -- Settling for Prediction -- Dirac Transformation Theory -- Symmetry in Scientific Theorizing -- Abstract Symmetrizing -- 7. A Modest Proposal -- Interpretation: A Failed Program -- Away from Interpretation -- Hidden Variables Are OK -- No End to Science -- 8. Quantumization: The Quantum Supplementation of Explanatory Theory -- The Quantum-Theoretic Context -- Quantum Electrodynamics -- Quantum Field Theory -- String Theory -- 9. Beyond Quantumization -- A Deeper Incorporation.
Subject Quantum theory -- Philosophy.
ISBN 9780791493472 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0791493474 (hardcover : alk. paper)