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Deep beauty : understanding the quantum world through mathematical innovation

Author: Hans Halvorson
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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"No scientific theory has caused more puzzlement and confusion than quantum theory. Physics is supposed to help us to understand the world, but quantum theory makes it seem a very strange place. This book is about how mathematical innovation can help us gain deeper insight into the structure of the physical world. Chapters by top researchers in the mathematical foundations of physics explore new ideas, especially  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Halvorson
ISBN: 9781107005709 1107005701
OCLC Number: 690584644
Description: xiii, 472 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Contents: I. Beyond the Hilbert Space Formalism: Category Theory: 1. A prehistory of n-categorical physics / John C. Baez and Aaron Lauda; 2. A universe of processes and some of its guises / Bob Coecke; 3. Topos methods in the foundations of physics / Chris J. Isham; 4. The physical interpretation of daseinisation / Andreas Döring; 5. Classical and quantum observables / Hans F. de Groote; 6. Bohrification / Chris Heunen, Nicolaas P. Landsman and Bas Spitters --
II. Beyond the Hilbert Space Formalism: Operator Algebras: 7. Yet more ado about nothing: the remarkable relativistic vacuum state / Stephen J. Summers; 8. Einstein meets von Neumann: locality and operational independence in algebraic quantum field theory / Miklós Rédei --
III. Behind the Hilbert Space Formalism: 9. Quantum theory and beyond: is entanglement special? / Borivoje Dakić and Časlav Brukner; 10. Is Von Neumann's 'no hidden variables' proof silly? / Jeffrey Bub; 11. Foliable operational structures for general probabilistic theories / Lucien Hardy; 12. The strong free will theorem / John H. Conway and Simon Kochen.
Responsibility: edited by Hans Halvorson.

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