- Hardcover: 290 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (June 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521818621
- ISBN-13: 978-0521818629
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,519,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the leading expositors and interpreters of modern quantum theory, John Bell is particularly famous for his discovery of the crucial difference between the predictions of conventional quantum mechanics and the implications of local causality. This book includes all of John Bell's published and unpublished papers on the conceptual and philosophical problems of quantum mechanics." Astronomical Society of the Pacific
"...should be read by everyone interested in fundamental questions of nature." -American Journal of Physics
John Bell, FRS was one of the leading expositors and interpreters of modern quantum theory. His work played a major role in the development of our current understanding of the profound nature of quantum concepts. This book includes all of John Bell's published and unpublished papers in the field, including two papers that appeared after the first edition was published. The book includes a Preface written for the first edition, and an introduction by Alain Aspect that puts into context Bell's enormous contribution to the quantum philosophy debate.
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Unfortunately, the formulas he provides in his essays are unreadable in the Kindle version. Were it not for this, I would have given the book five stars instead of four. This is not the only book that Amazon has messed up in the same manner. They need to find a way to present technical material in readable formats on the Kindle. I recommend getting the paper version of this book, but not the Kindle version.
By the way, Bell's analysis of the rocket ship thought experiment was 100% correct. The trick is to account for relativity of simultaneity. Both rocket motors fire at the same moment in the observer's reference frame, so the distance between the rockets remains constant in that frame, but the rocket motors do not fire at the same time in the string's reference frame.
This book is not destined to become a classic-- because It IS a classic ALREADY!! It is just one that hasn't been widely recognized yet.
That's only a matter of time.
Nowadays everyone and their uncle seems to be talking about Quantum Communication this and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen that-- and I guess with good reason, for we are now starting to see practical applications of this most esoteric of physics subfields.
However, it seems that the more non-intuitve and interesting a topic is, the more obfuscation (both intended and accidental) is written about it. (I'm not just talking about laymen and mystics, but physicists too!) Or, said another way, the more people talk, the less they really understand.
Forget all the rest of the [stuff] out there. Cut to chase. Read about the ESSENTIALS of what QUANTUM MECAHNICS really MEANS from one of the Masters of the field in about 15 short, lucid, crystal-clear essays.
There is some math here, but not much. That is the beauty and the danger of Quantum Mechanics-- because calculations are not that difficult in this field, people are lulled into thinking they really understand what it is they are calculating.
Well, most don't.
If you really want to get a grasp as to what it all MEANS-- forgetting the calculations for a moment--- you must read this book.
Feynman said that nobody really understood Quantum Mechanics. That may be so...
But John Stuart Bell came the closest.
You can't meet him at a conference anymore (he died in 1990,) but you CAN have him tutor you personally in this short, brilliant masterpiece.
The paperback version is good enough to read and write notes.
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