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Do Wave Functions Jump?

Perspectives of the Work of GianCarlo Ghirardi

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  • Bears witness to the broad scientific legacy of GianCarlo Ghirardi

  • Provides the history, philosophical implications and current status of collapse models

  • Surveys experimental as well as theoretical work on wave function collapse

Part of the book series: Fundamental Theories of Physics (FTPH, volume 198)

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. History and Honour

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. EPR-Bell-Schrödinger Proof of Nonlocality Using Position and Momentum

      • Jean Bricmont, Sheldon Goldstein, Douglas Hemmick
      Pages 5-33
    3. Presentation of Collapse Models

      • Luca Ferialdi
      Pages 45-54
    4. Appreciating What He Did

      • Tim Maudlin
      Pages 55-61
  3. Philosophy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 63-63
    2. Might Laws of Nature ‘Ground’ Phenomena?

      • Federico Laudisa
      Pages 109-119
    3. On Closing the Circle

      • Peter J. Lewis
      Pages 121-132
  4. Mathematical Physics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-133
    2. Energy-Lifetime Relations

      • Robert Grummt, Nicola Vona
      Pages 151-157
    3. On the Continuum Limit of the GRW Model

      • Günter Hinrichs
      Pages 159-165
  5. Theoretical Physics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 189-189
    2. Collapse Models, Relativity, and Discrete Spacetime

      • Daniel J. Bedingham
      Pages 191-203

About this book

This book is a tribute to the scientific legacy of GianCarlo Ghirardi, who was one of the most influential scientists in the field of modern foundations of quantum theory. In this appraisal, contributions from friends, collaborators and colleagues reflect the influence of his world of thoughts on theory, experiments and philosophy, while also offering prospects for future research in the foundations of quantum physics. The themes of the contributions revolve around the physical reality of the wave function and its notorious collapse, randomness, relativity and experiments.

Keywords

  • philosophy of physics
  • Giancarlo Ghirardi
  • GRW model
  • Wavefunction collapse
  • Flash ontology
  • Collapse models
  • meaning of the quantum wave function.
  • mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics
  • Entanglement and Bell inequalities
  • Non-locality and Relativity

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University, Naperville, USA

    Valia Allori

  • Department of Physics, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

    Angelo Bassi

  • Mathematisches Institut, LMU, Munich, Germany

    Detlef Dürr

  • Dipartimento di Fisica INFN-Sezion, Universitá di Genova, Genoa, Italy

    Nino Zanghi

About the editors

Angelo Bassi was awarded his PhD in 2001. He was Postdoc at ICTP Trieste, then Marie-Curie Fellow at LMU Munich. In 2006 he joined the Department of Physics of the University of Trieste, where now he is associate professor. He published 100+ articles, co-organizer of 20+ international events, was invited speaker at 40+ international conferences and schools. Currently he is PI of the H2020 FET Project TEQ, and chair of the COST Action QTSpace. His research interest are in quantum mechanics and its foundations.

 Detlef Dürr studied physics in Münster, Germany, where he obtained his PhD in physics in 1978. After his post-doc years at Rutgers in Joel Lebowitz´s group working with Sheldon Goldstein, he was awarded a Heisenberg fellowship. In 1989 he became a professor of mathematics at the University of Munich. His research interests are non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, Bohmian mechanics, and the foundations of quantum theory. 

 Valia Allori received her Ph.D. in physics in Genova, Italy, in 2001, and in 2007 she earned her philosophy Ph.D at Rutgers, United States. She joined the Department of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University, when she is now Full Professor. In 2017 she was awarded the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship at the National Humanities Center. She is interested in the foundations of physics, in particular in the foundations of quantum mechanics.

 Nino Zanghì  obtained his PhD in Physics in 1986. He is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Genova, Italy. His research concerns mostly the conceptual and mathematical foundations of statistical mechanics and quantum physics. Noteworthy is his work, in collaboration with Detlef  Dürr and Sheldon Goldstein, on the emergence of quantum randomness and the derivation of Born’s rule.


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Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-46777-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)