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Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Frontiers in Physics,) Paperback – September, 1976

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Bernard d’Espagnat, Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris, Orsay, was born in Fourmagnac, France, on August 22, 1921. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Sorbonne in 1950. He was a research physicist at the French National Center for Scientific Research, at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago, at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and at CERN in Geneva. In 1959, d’Espagnat joined the University of Paris, where he was professor at both the Paris and Orsay campuses. Professor d’Espagnat was director of the Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Particules Elementaires, Orsay, from 1970 to 1987. In 1996 he was elected into the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences morales et politiques) as a philosopher of science.
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  • Series: Frontiers in Physics,
  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman; 2nd Revised edition edition (September 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080532383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805323832
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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D'Espagnat carefully presents a concise reconstruction of the theory of non-relativistic quantum mechanics in axiomatic form, as well as careful analyses of each of the major difficulties inherent in its interpretation. His discussions of the metaphysical and epistemological questions surrounding the theory have played a significant role in setting the terms and temrinology of current debates in the philosophy of physics. For anyone seeking a better grasp of the nature and implications of quantum theory, whether he be a philosopher or physicist, this book is an essential read. It is, by any reasonable account, a classic.
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Anyone, physicist or otherwise, who is at all interested in the broader philosophical implications of quantum mechanics would do well to read d'Espagnat's works. Why? Quite simply, d'Espagnat is one of pioneers in exploring the broader implications of modern physics, especially in the boundary domain where physics meets metaphysics. His concept of "veiled" reality is particularly important to scientists, who seem to need some occasional reminding that empirical work, crucial as it is in understanding our physical universe, is nonetheless- by definition- incomplete; there is always a "beyond" which remains forever hidden -in principle- to direct study and observation. What should be appreciated from d'Espagnat's investigation, moreover, is that the foundations of quantum mechanics seem to POINT one to this observation, at least in the estimation of this distinguished expert in the field of quantum "entanglement". Although science cannot define this ultimate "veiled" realm, the scientific method enables us to progressively uncover aspects of it by virtue of observed manifestations in the empirical world, as revealed in the physical laws of our universe and, perhaps, our mental states as well. The author thus promotes an ontological "dual-aspect monism" position, where mind and matter are equally fundamental and interdependent, and both aspects are derived from something deeper (indefinable) that is neither...
One is reminded of somewhat similar positions arrived at by other physicists interested in the foundations of QM, such as Wolfgang Pauli and David Bohm, to name a few.
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This is the classic text on interpretational issues in quantum theory. No physicist or philosopher of science should be without it.
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I teach quantum physics. I have four PhDs.
Quantum theory has bootstrapped us into the modern age.
Almost everything that is manufactured these days has its basis in quantum theory.
Chinese, please revere the appropriate genius, not just your old Lao Tseu, who has become quite obsolete,
still relevant though in some circles.
This book lays down the basics of all quantum theory, from Schrodinger's equation to Heisenberg's
famous Uncertainty Principle. It states the basic quantum enigma : why does the representation of the
world depend on the observer, here to collapse the wave function. And what does it mean for our humble
existence ?
Why are we here ? Is it to explain the world ?
Consciousness is our most potent weapon, and yet we do not know why we apply it !!!...
But it distinguishes us from the apes !
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