The Quantum Theory of Measurement

  • Paul Busch
  • Pekka J. Lahti
  • Peter Mittelstaedt

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics Monographs book series (LNPMGR, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pages 1-6
  3. Pages 131-137
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 139-182

About this book


The amazing accuracy in verifying quantum effects experimentally has recently renewed interest in quantum mechanical measurement theory. In this book the authors give within the Hilbert space formulation of quantum mechanics a systematic exposition of the quantum theory of measurement. Their approach includes the concepts of unsharp objectification and of nonunitary transformations needed for a unifying description of various detailed investigations. The book addresses advanced students and researchers in physics and philosophy of science.
In this second edition Chaps. II-IV have been substantially rewritten. In particular, an insolubility theorem for the objectification problem has been formulated in full generality, which includes unsharp object observables and unsharp pointers.


Hilbert space experiment mechanics philosophy philosophy of science physics quantum mechanics quantum theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Busch
    • 1
  • Pekka J. Lahti
    • 2
  • Peter Mittelstaedt
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsThe University of HullKingston upon HullUK
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-61355-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-37205-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0940-7677
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