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Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Steven French and Décio Krause

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199278244
eISBN:
9780191603952
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278245.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Drawing on philosophical accounts of identity and individuality, as well as the histories of both classical and quantum physics, this book explores two alternative metaphysical approaches to quantum ... More


The Arguments of Time

Jeremy Butterfield (ed.)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263464
eISBN:
9780191734748
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263464.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

These nine chapters, commissioned on the initiative of the Philosophy section of the British Academy, address fundamental questions about time in philosophy, physics, linguistics, and psychology. Are ... More


Free Will and Modern Science

Richard Swinburne (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264898
eISBN:
9780191754074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Do humans have a free choice of which actions to perform? Three recent developments of modern science can help us to answer this question. First, new investigative tools have enabled us to study the ... More


The Logic of Quanta

Steven French and Décio Krause

in Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199278244
eISBN:
9780191603952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278245.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter begins with a philosophically-oriented outline of quantum field theory that looks at the different ways in which a quantum field can be constructed. The difficulties in articulating a ... More


On the Emergence of Time in Quantum Gravity

Jeremy Butterfield and Chris Isham

in The Arguments of Time

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263464
eISBN:
9780191734748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263464.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the idea that the treatment of time in present-day physical theories, general relativity and quantum theory, might be an approximation to a very different treatment in the as ... More


The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation

David Wallace

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199546961
eISBN:
9780191741418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book defends the view that the Everett interpretation of quantum theory, often called the ‘many worlds theory’, is not some new physical theory or some metaphysical addition to quantum theory, ... More


Path Integrals and Quantum Anomalies

Kazuo Fujikawa and Hiroshi Suzuki

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198529132
eISBN:
9780191712821
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529132.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This book provides an introduction to the path integral formulation of quantum field theory and its applications to the analyses of symmetry breaking by the quantization procedure. This symmetry ... More


The Case for Background Independence

Lee Smolin

in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199269693
eISBN:
9780191699436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269693.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter explains the arguments behind the assertion that the correct quantum theory of gravity must be background independent. It begins by recounting how the debate over whether quantum gravity ... More


The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

Dean Rickles, Steven French, and Juha T. Saatsi (eds)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199269693
eISBN:
9780191699436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269693.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Quantum gravity is the name given to a theory that unites general relativity — Einstein's theory of gravitation and spacetime — with quantum field theory, our framework for describing ... More


Spacetime and the Quantum State

David Wallace

in The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199546961
eISBN:
9780191741418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

How is the microscopic ontology of quantum mechanics to be understood according to the Everett interpretation? And how, in particular, are we to understand concepts like spatial locality in ... More


Interpreting quantized Yang–Mills gauge theories

Richard Healey

in Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Gauge Theories

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199287963
eISBN:
9780191713453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287963.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter begins the project of interpreting quantum gauge field theories. It rejects an interesting recent interpretation and explains why it is so difficult to arrive at a better one. The ... More


Everettian Statistical Inference

David Wallace

in The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199546961
eISBN:
9780191741418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter extends chapter 5's formal proof into a general discussion of how we should assess evidence — and, in particular, how we should test scientific theories — given the possibility that ... More


Quantum Gravity: Third Edition

Claus Kiefer

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199585205
eISBN:
9780191739378
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585205.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This book is concerned with the attempts to unify Einstein's theory of general relativity and quantum theory into a theory of quantum gravity. It presents, for the first time, most of the approaches ... More


A Cornucopia of Everettian Consequences

David Wallace

in The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199546961
eISBN:
9780191741418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter reviews a collection of other philosophical and conceptual consequences of the Everett interpretation: the popular-science idea that chaos theory makes the future sensitively dependent ... More


Multipole Theory in Electromagnetism: Classical, quantum, and symmetry aspects, with applications

Roger E. Raab and Owen L. de Lange

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198567271
eISBN:
9780191717970
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567271.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

The book opens with a chapter on the classical theory of multipoles in electromagnetism, in which static and dynamic multipole expansions of various physical quantities are derived, including of the ... More


Structure, Individuality, and Quantum Gravity

John Stachel

in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199269693
eISBN:
9780191699436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269693.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter reviews various interpretations of structural realism and then adopts a definition that allows both relations between things that are already individuated (‘relations between things’) ... More


Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons

Xiao-Gang Wen

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199227259
eISBN:
9780191713019
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227259.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

For most of the last century, condensed matter physics has been dominated by band theory and Landau's symmetry breaking theory. In the last twenty years, however, there has been an emergence of a new ... More


Quantum Theory of Solids

R. E. Peierls

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198507819
eISBN:
9780191709913
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507819.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This book develops the quantum theory of solids from the basic principles of quantum mechanics. The emphasis is on a single statement of the ideas underlying the various approximations that have to ... More


Probability and Quantum Theory

E. Brian Davies

in Science in the Looking Glass: What Do Scientists Really Know?

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199219186
eISBN:
9780191711695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter discusses a series of examples which illustrate various peculiarities of probability theory. It shows that there are many situations in which two people may legitimately ascribe ... More


Neuroscience and Quantum Theory

Ted Honderich

in Mind and Brain: A Theory of Determinism, Volume 1

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242826
eISBN:
9780191680588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242826.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Among the living cells of the human body, and of the central and the peripheral nervous systems, it is neurons or nerve cells which are most immediately bound up with consciousness — with the ... More


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