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Quantum Physics Without Quantum Philosophy

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  • Integrates and comments on the authors’ seminal papers in the field

  • Emphasizes the natural way in which quantum phenomena emerge from the Bohmian picture

  • Helps to answer many of the objections raised to Bohmian quantum mechanics

  • Useful overview and summary for newcomers and students

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Quantum Equilibrium

  2. Quantum Motion

  3. Quantum Relativity


About this book

It has often been claimed that without drastic conceptual innovations a genuine explanation of quantum interference effects and quantum randomness is impossible. This book concerns Bohmian mechanics, a simple particle theory that is a counterexample to such claims. The gentle introduction and other contributions collected here show how the phenomena of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, from Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to non-commuting observables, emerge from the Bohmian motion of particles, the natural particle motion associated with Schrödinger's equation. This book will be of value to all students and researchers in physics with an interest in the meaning of quantum theory as well as to philosophers of science.


From the book reviews:

“It is a book about an objective quantum description of nature and about quantum physics without quantum philosophy. … The book is divided into three parts. … The book is a self-contained presentation of the theory, accessible to mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers of physics with some basic knowledge of quantum mechanics.” (Andrew Bucki, Mathematical Reviews, November, 2014)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathematisches Institut, Universität München, München, Germany

    Detlef Dürr

  • Dept. Mathematics, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, USA

    Sheldon Goldstein

  • Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Genova (INFN), Università di Genova, Genova, Italy

    Nino Zanghì

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Quantum Physics Without Quantum Philosophy

  • Authors: Detlef Dürr, Sheldon Goldstein, Nino Zanghì

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-642-30689-1Published: 07 November 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-43377-1Published: 14 December 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-30690-7Published: 06 November 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 286

  • Topics: Quantum Physics, Philosophy of Science

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