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A philosopher's understanding of quantum mechanics : possibilities and impossibilities of a modal interpretation

Author: Pieter E Vermaas
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is both an accessible survey and a systematic reference work about how to understand quantum mechanics using a modal interpretation.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pieter E Vermaas
ISBN: 0521651085 9780521651080
OCLC Number: 40869702
Description: xi, 295 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Quantum mechanics --
3. Modal interpretations --
pt. 1. Formalism --
4. The different versions --
5. The full property ascription --
6. Joint property ascriptions --
7. Discontinuities, instabilities and other bad behaviour --
8. Transition probabilities --
9. Dynamical Autonomy and Locality --
pt. 2. Physics --
10. The measurement problem --
11. The Born rule --
pt. 3. Philosophy --
12. Properties, states, measurement outcomes and effective states --
13. Holism versus reductionism --
14. Possibilities and impossibilities --
15. Conclusions --
App. A. From the bi to the spectral modal interpretation.
Responsibility: Pieter E. Vermaas.
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