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Ontological Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Paull Nunez

in Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195340716
eISBN:
9780199776269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340716.003.0011
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

Ontological questions, concerning the nature of reality, continue to be argued in both the scientific and general literature, and new experiments may be proposed to move ontological questions into ... More


The Weird Behavior of Quantum Systems

Paull Nunez

in Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195340716
eISBN:
9780199776269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340716.003.0010
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

Several prominent scientists have proposed deep connections between quantum mechanics and consciousness. On the other hand, many skeptics view such speculative links as simply vague and unsupported ... More


Ontic Structural Realism and the Philosophy of Physics

James Ladyman, Don Ross, David Spurrett, and John Collier

in Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199276196
eISBN:
9780191706127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276196.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter examines Ontic Structural Realism (OSR) and its relationship with the philosophy of physics. OSR is the view that the world has an objective modal structure that is ontologically ... More


Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

Nick Huggett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195379518
eISBN:
9780199776559
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379518.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Everywhere and Everywhen is an introduction to the ideas and arguments of the central questions that arise when physics meets philosophy: for instance, what are space and time? What are ... More


Introduction *

Alyssa Ney

in The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199790807
eISBN:
9780199979660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790807.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The purpose of this introduction is to provide the reader who is unfamiliar with contemporary debates in the metaphysics of quantum mechanics with some background in the central issues that arise in ... More


 The world according to quantum mechanics

Frank Arntzenius

in Space, Time, and Stuff

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199696604
eISBN:
9780191738333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses which quantities one should take to be fundamental in quantum mechanics. Five views are discussed: ‘configuration space realism’, ‘wave-function amplitude realism’, ‘density ... More


Crisis: The End of the Bohr Model

Helge Kragh

in Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom: The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure 1913–1925

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199654987
eISBN:
9780191741692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654987.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Failed attempts to understand the anomalous Zeeman effect contributed to the feeling of crisis that by 1924 characterized parts of the physics community. The solution proposed by W. Heisenberg’s ... More


Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Oliver Johns

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567264
eISBN:
9780191717987
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567264.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This book provides an innovative and mathematically sound treatment of the foundations of analytical mechanics and the relation of classical mechanics to relativity and quantum theory. A ... More


Quantum Mechanics

Olivier Darrigol

in Physics and Necessity: Rationalist Pursuits from the Cartesian Past to the Quantum Present

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198712886
eISBN:
9780191781360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712886.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter is devoted to several attempts at showing the necessity of quantum mechanics. It first examines whether necessity arguments can be extracted from the history of quantum mechanics, both ... More


Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

Michael Epperson

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223190
eISBN:
9780823235551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223190.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

In Process and Reality and other works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come to terms with the impact the new science of quantum mechanics would have on metaphysics. This book is ... More


Adventures of the Diagonal: Non-Euclidean Mathematics and Narrative

Arkady Plotnitsky

Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur (eds)

in Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149042
eISBN:
9781400842681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.003.0012
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explores the relationship between narrative and non-Euclidean mathematics. It considers how non-Euclidean mathematics and the narratives accompanying it are linked: first, to the ... 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


Modern Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Paull Nunez

in Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195340716
eISBN:
9780199776269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340716.003.0009
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

The possibility of deep connections between modern physics (relativity, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics) and consciousness is labeled here as the RQTC conjecture, independent of the actual ... More


Everett and Evidence

Hilary Greaves and Wayne Myrvold

in Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199560561
eISBN:
9780191721380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Much of the evidence for quantum mechanics is statistical in nature. Relative frequency data summarizing the results of repeated experiments is compared to probabilities calculated from the theory; ... More


The Path Not Taken

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167375
eISBN:
9780199787104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The quantum mechanical superposition state — the wave function — takes shape, and the rules for its deterministic evolution and probabilistic interpretation are developed. A clockwork macrocosm in ... More


An Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe: Space-Time, Probability, and Decision

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236221
eISBN:
9780191679209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

While it is not easy in quantum mechanics to construct a picture in space and time, the branched model provides both a picture and an explanation of some of the features of quantum mechanics that ... More


The world according to Stern and Gerlach

JAGDISH MEHRA and KIMBALL A. MILTON

in Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198527459
eISBN:
9780191709593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527459.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Julian Schwinger was a master of quantum mechanics from his earliest days. His first, unpublished paper, written at age 16, already showed his control of the entire machinery of relativistic quantum ... More


Space, Time, and Stuff

Frank Arntzenius

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199696604
eISBN:
9780191738333
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Much of this book can be seen as an attempt to show that physics is geometry, an attempt to show that the fundamental structure of the physical world is purely geometrical structure. Along the way, ... More


Introduction to Quantum Information Science

Vlatko Vedral

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199215706
eISBN:
9780191706783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215706.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

In addition to treating quantum communication, entanglement, error correction, and algorithms in great depth, this book also addresses a number of interesting miscellaneous topics, such as Maxwell's ... More


Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement

Nancy Cartwright

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235071
eISBN:
9780191597169
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235070.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book on the philosophy of science argues for an empiricism, opposed to the tradition of David Hume, in which singular rather than general causal claims are primary; causal laws express facts ... More


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