|Abstract||These two books, both by distinguished authors, are excellent. Though they are written by and for physicists, they are an invaluable resource for philosophers interested in the grand theme of how classical physical phenomena emerge from the quantum realm. Both individually and taken together, they are ﬁne representatives of the present state of knowledge about this theme, and about many more speciﬁc topics falling under it. They are also pedagogic, though aimed at an advanced level—graduate students and beyond, in physics and mathematics. Thus, they are packed with sophisticated expositions of such topics as quantum Brownian motion, and decoherence in quantum ﬁeld theory (Joos 2003), the rigorous deﬁnition of macroscopic observables and of their evolution laws in quantum statistical physics (Sewell 2002), and the rigorous treatment of open quantum systems (Joos 2003; Sewell 2002). So overall, they provide an invaluable overview of a large and lively research area of physics. But the books are also different in several ways. The ﬁrst book, by Joos et al., has six authors, all theoretical physicists based in Germany and part of the ‘Heidelberg school’ of decoherence physics, which has grown up in the last twenty-ﬁve years under the tutelage of Heinz-Dieter Zeh. The second book is a monograph: Sewell is a British mathematical physicist, most of whose work has been in the algebraic approach to quantum statistical mechanics. Other, less obvious, differences follow on from these. By and large, the material in Decoherence is both more familiar and more accessible to philosophers of physics. And for reviewing the books for philosophers of physics, it will be a convenient strategy to spell out the three reasons for this contrast. But as we shall see, Quantum Mechanics being more difﬁcult need not mean it is less valuable. First, decoherence processes of the kinds that Joos, et al., mostly discuss are now well-known to philosophers of quantum theory, not least through the work of the Heidelberg school itself (and the acclaimed ﬁrst edition of this book) and of the ‘Los Alamos school’ of Zurek and coauthors. Indeed, Joos’ own Chapter 3, “Decoherence through Interaction with the....|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||No categories specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
Similar books and articles
M. Hemmo, Shenker &Unknown & O. (2001). Can We Explain Thermodynamics By Quantum Decoherence? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 32 (4):555-568.
Meir Hemmo & Orly Shenker (2003). Quantum Decoherence and the Approach to Equilibrium. Philosophy of Science 70 (2):330-358.
Angelo Bassi (ed.) (2006). Quantum Mechanics: Are There Quantum Jumps? Trieste, Italy, 5 Spetember -2005 and on the Present Status of Quantum Mechanics Lošinj, Croatia 7-9 September 2005. [REVIEW] American Institute of Physics.
Amit Hagar (2012). Decoherence: The View From the History and the Philosophy of Science. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. London A 375 (1975).
Amit Hagar (2007). Experimental Metaphysics2: The Double Standard in the Quantum-Information Approach to the Foundations of Quantum Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (4):906-919.
Peter Gibbins (1987). Particles and Paradoxes: The Limits of Quantum Logic. Cambridge University Press.
John Ellis (2000). Quantum Reflections. Cambridge University Press.
Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi (2008). On the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics. Foundations of Physics 10.1007/S10701-008-9259-4.
Hanneke Janssen, Reconstructing Reality: Environment-Induced Decoherence, the Measurement Problem, and the Emergence of Definiteness in Quantum Mechanics.
Guillaume Adenier (ed.) (2007). Quantum Theory, Reconsideration of Foundations 4: Växjö (Sweden), 11-16 June, 2007. American Institute of Physics.
Hans Reichenbach (1944/1998). Philosophic Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Dover Publications.
Victor Guillemin (1968/2003). The Story of Quantum Mechanics. Dover Publications.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads10 ( #106,438 of 549,224 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,397 of 549,224 )
How can I increase my downloads?