The Quantum Dice

An Introduction to Stochastic Electrodynamics

  • Luis de la Peña
  • Ana María Cetto

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 75)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Prelude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 3-31
    3. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 33-66
    4. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 67-96
  3. Theme

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 99-132
    3. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 133-162
    4. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 163-198
    5. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 199-246
    6. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 247-271
    7. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 273-297
  4. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 301-336
    3. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 337-365
    4. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 367-394
    5. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 395-435
    6. Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto
      Pages 437-446
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 447-512

About this book

Introduction

In spite of the impressive predictive power and strong mathematical structure of quantum mechanics, the theory has always suffered from important conceptual problems. Some of these have never been solved. Motivated by this state of affairs, a number of physicists have worked together for over thirty years to develop stochastic electrodynamics, a physical theory aimed at finding a conceptually satisfactory, realistic explanation of quantum phenomena.
This is the first book to present a comprehensive review of stochastic electrodynamics, from its origins to present-day developments. After a general introduction for the non-specialist, a critical discussion is presented of the main results of the theory as well as of the major problems encountered. A chapter on stochastic optics and some interesting consequences for local realism and the Bell inequalities is included. In the final chapters the authors propose and develop a new version of the theory that brings it in closer correspondence with quantum mechanics and sheds some light on the wave aspects of matter and the linkage with quantum electrodynamics.
Audience: The volume will be of interest to scholars and postgraduate students of theoretical and mathematical physics, foundations and philosophy of physics, and teachers of theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and statistical physics (stochastic processes).

Keywords

Theoretical physics mathematical physics physical theory quantum mechanics statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Luis de la Peña
    • 1
  • Ana María Cetto
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-8723-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4646-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8723-5
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