Reading Bohr: Physics and Philosophy

Reading Bohr: Physics and Philosophy

by Arkady Plotnitsky

Paperback(Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006)

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This book offers a new perspective on Niels Bohr's interpretation of quantum mechanics as complementarity, and on the relationships between physics and philosophy in Bohr's work. The importance of quantum field theory for Bohr's thinking has not been adequately addressed in the literature on Bohr. This book provides clarification of Bohr's writings (which usually pose problems of reading), and an analysis of the role of quantum field theory in Bohr's thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789048173235
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Series: Fundamental Theories of Physics , #152
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction: Complementarity, Quantum Mechanics, and Interpretation. 1: Complementarity, Epistemology, and Quantum Mechanics as an Information Theory. 1.1. The No-Continuum Hypothesis. 1.2. Quantum Epistemology and Quantum Information. 1.3. From Heisenberg’s New Kinematics to Bohr’s Complementarity. 1.4. Complementarity, Phenomena, and the Double-Slit Experiment. 1.5. From Bohr’s Atoms to Qubits. 1.6. Bohr’s Epistemology and Decoherence. 1.7. The Epistemological Lesson of Quantum Mechanics 2: Complementarity, Quantum Variables, and the Relationships between Mathematics and Physics. 2.1. Translations: from Classical to Quantum Mechanics. 2.2. Transformations: from Geometry to Algebra. 2.3. Relations: between Mechanics and Mathematics. 3: Complementarity, Quantum Entanglement, and Locality. 3.1. 'The Peculiar Individuality of Quantum Effects'. 3.2. Formalism, Phenomena, and the 'Cut'. 3.3. EPR’s Argument and Bohr’s Response. 4: Complementarity, Chance, and Probability. 4.1. Chance and Probability in Classical and Quantum Mechanics. 4.2. Radical Epistemology and Irreducible Probability. 5: Complementarity, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Field Theory. 5.1. Bohr, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Field Theory: History and Philosophy. 5.2. Creation and Annihilation of Particles: 'Perhaps the Biggest of All the Big Changes in Physics in our Century'. 5.3. 'The Atomic Structure of the Measuring Instruments': Quantum Field Theory, Measurement, and Epistemology. 6: From Physics to Philosophy, from Philosophy and Physics. 6.1. Introduction: Thought, Knowledge, and Concepts in Physics and Philosophy. 6.2. Nonclassical Epistemology and Its Concepts. 6.3. Epistemology and Invention of Concepts: Bohr and Einstein between Kant and Hegel. 6.4. The Discovery of Quantum Mechanics and the Critique of Concepts in Heisenberg. 6.5. 'The basic Principles of Science': Nonclassical Epistemology, Scientific Disciplinarity, and the Philosophy of Physics.6.6. Conclusion: Chaosmic Orders.
References. Name Index. Subject Index.

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