Physical Theory and its Interpretation

Physical Theory and its Interpretation

Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Bub
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Band 72

von: William Demopoulos, Itamar Pitowsky

128,39 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 03.11.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781402048760
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 283

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The essays in this volume were written by leading researchers on classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, quantum theory, and relativity. They detail central topics in the foundations of physics, including the role of symmetry principles in classical and quantum physics, Einstein's hole argument in general relativity, quantum mechanics and special relativity, quantum correlations, quantum logic, and quantum probability and information.
JeffandImetwhenIwasagraduatestudentattheUniversityofMinnesotaandhewas a post doctoral fellow, first in the Chemistry Department, and then in the Center for Philosophy of Science. Later we were colleagues atWestern Ontario. Our friendship and collaboration owe a great deal to both these institutions. In the mid-1960s the Center enjoyed great success under Feigl’s directorship. The history of the Center has been only very partially documented. Feyerabend’s recollections,reportedinhisAutobiography,andsomeyearsearlierinhisremarksfor Feigl’s Festschrift, possess an immediacy that makes them particularly noteworthy, even if all too brief. The Center was the first American institution of its kind and a bastion of positivist and neo-positivist thought. At the time Jeff and I were there, the staff included, in addition to Feigl and Maxwell, Paul Meehl, Roger Steuwer and Keith Gunderson. There were many enthusiastic graduate students, and there was participation, on occasion, from the members of the Philosophy Department, as well as the departments of physics, psychology, mathematics and chemistry. The extent to which this (to us ideal) environment was held together by the force of Feigl’s personality became evident only many years later. The political liberalism of the Viennese Positivists was very much reflected in the philosophicalatmosphereFeiglcreated,anatmospherethatwasmarkedbyopenness, collegiality and intellectual freedom. Combined with its excellent permanent faculty and steady stream of distinguished visitors, the Center was especially well-suited to Jeff’s and my early friendship, our analytic and speculative interests, and our early collaboration.This collaboration was continued when we were members of the Philosophy Department at Western Ontario.
Preface A new modal interpretation of quantum mechanics in terms of relational properties
Joseph Berkovitz and Meir Hemmo Why special relativity should not be a template for a reformulation of quantum mechanics
Harvey Brown and Chris Timpson On symmetries and conserved quantities in classical mechanics
Jeremy Butterfield On the notion of a physical theory of an incompletely knowable domain
William Demopoulos Markov properties and quantum experiments
Clark Glymour Quantum entropy
Stan Gudder Symmetry and the scope of scientific realism
Richard Healey Is it true or is it false; or somewhere in between? The logic of quantum mechanics
C.J. Isham Einstein’s hole argument and Weyl’s field-body relationalism
Herbert Korte Quantum mechanics as a theory of probability
Itamar Pitowsky John von Neumann on quantum correlations
Miklos Redei Kriske, Tupman and quantum logic: The quantum logician's conundrum
Allen Stairs Bibliography of the publications of Jeffrey Bub to 2006 Index

Celebrates the research of one of the leading philosphers of physics of the last thirty years
Combines contributions of philosphers, mathematicians and physicists to foundational and interpretive problems of physics
Contains authoritative essays by leading researchers on classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, quantum theory and relativity

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