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Foundations of quantum mechanics : an exploration of the physical meaning of quantum theory

Author: Travis Norsen
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.
Series: Undergraduate lecture notes in physics
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Authored by an acclaimed teacher of quantum physics and philosophy, this textbook pays special attention to the aspects that many courses sweep under the carpet. Traditional courses in quantum mechanics teach students how to use the quantum formalism to make calculations. But even the best students - indeed, especially the best students - emerge rather confused about what, exactly, the theory says is going on,  Read more...
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Norsen, Travis.
Foundations of quantum mechanics.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017
(OCoLC)994639599
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Travis Norsen
ISBN: 9783319658674 3319658670
OCLC Number: 1002065249
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 310 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Pre-Quantum Theories --
Quantum Examples --
The Measurement Problem --
The Locality Problem --
The Ontology Problem --
The Copenhagen Interpretation --
The Pilot-Wave Theory --
Bell's Theorem --
The Spontaneous Collapse Theory --
The Many-Worlds Theory.
Series Title: Undergraduate lecture notes in physics
Responsibility: Travis Norsen.

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Authored by an acclaimed teacher of quantum physics and philosophy, this textbook pays special attention to the aspects that many courses sweep under the carpet. Traditional courses in quantum mechanics teach students how to use the quantum formalism to make calculations. But even the best students - indeed, especially the best students - emerge rather confused about what, exactly, the theory says is going on, physically, in microscopic systems. This supplementary textbook is designed to help such students understand that they are not alone in their confusions (luminaries such as Albert Einstein, Erwin Schroedinger, and John Stewart Bell having shared them), to sharpen their understanding of the most important difficulties associated with interpreting quantum theory in a realistic manner, and to introduce them to the most promising attempts to formulate the theory in a way that is physically clear and coherent. The text is acces sible to students with at least one semester of prior exposure to quantum (or "modern") physics and includes over a hundred engaging end-of-chapter "Projects" that make the book suitable for either a traditional classroom or for self-study.

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