Do We Really Understand Quantum Mechanics?
Quantum mechanics is a very successful theory that has impacted on many areas of physics, from pure theory to applications. However, it is difficult to interpret, and philosophical contradictions and counterintuitive results are apparent at a fundamental level. In this book, Laloë presents our current understanding of the theory. The book explores the basic questions and difficulties that arise with the theory of quantum mechanics. It examines the various interpretations that have been proposed, describing and comparing them and discussing their success and difficulties. The book is ideal for researchers in physics and mathematics who want to know more about the problems faced in quantum mechanics but who do not have specialist knowledge in the subject. It will also interest philosophers of science, as well as all scientists who are curious about quantum physics and its peculiarities.
• Available in English for the first time, this book has been expanded and features a new chapter on quantum measurement• Examines success and problems of quantum theory in a balanced way to give a general overview of the situation• Presents the various interpretations that have been proposed, with comparisons between them and discussion of the limits of each interpretation