The Quantum World

Philosophical Debates on Quantum Physics

  • Bernard d'Espagnat
  • Hervé Zwirn

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Round Table, Hervé Zwirn
    Pages 31-61
  3. J. M. Raimond
    Pages 63-94
  4. Round Table, Hervé Zwirn
    Pages 95-125
  5. Roger Balian
    Pages 251-278
  6. Carlo Rovelli
    Pages 279-293
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 295-299

About this book


In this largely nontechnical book, eminent physicists and philosophers address the philosophical impact of recent advances in quantum physics. These are shown to shed new light on profound questions about realism, determinism, causality or locality. The participants contribute in the spirit of an open and honest discussion, reminiscent of the time when science and philosophy were inseparable. After the editors’ introduction, the next chapter reveals the strangeness of quantum mechanics and the subsequent discussions examine our notion of reality. The spotlight is then turned to the topic of decoherence. Bohm’s theory is critically examined in two chapters, and the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics is likewise described and discussed. The penultimate chapter presents a proposal for resolving the measurement problem, and finally the topic of loop quantum gravity is presented by one of its founding fathers, Carlo Rovelli.

The original presentations and discussions on which this volume is based took place under the auspices of the French “Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques”. The book will appeal to everybody interested in knowing how our description of the world is impacted by the results of the most powerful and successful theory that physicists have ever built.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard d'Espagnat
    • 1
  • Hervé Zwirn
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OrsayParisFrance
  2. 2.CNRSParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55419-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55420-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6619
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