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By Christopher Norris

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This publication is a serious creation to the long-standing debate in regards to the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and the issues it has posed for physicists and philosophers from Einstein to the current. Quantum idea has been an enormous infulence on postmodernism, and offers major difficulties for realists. preserving his personal realist place in cost, Christopher Norris topics a variety of key rivals and supporters of realism to a excessive and equivalent point of scrutiny. With a attribute mix of rigour and highbrow generosity, he attracts out the benefits and weaknesses from opposing arguments. In a series of heavily argued chapters, Norris examines the premises of orthodox quantum idea, as built so much influentially via Bohr and Heisenberg, and its effect on varous philosophical advancements. those contain the information constructed by way of W.V Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Michael Dummett, Bas van Fraassen, and Hilary Puttnam. In every one case, Norris argues, those thinkers were motivated via the orthodox construal of quantum mechanics as requiring drastic revision of rules which had hitherto outlined the very nature of medical procedure, causal explanati and rational enquiry. placing the case for a realist technique which adheres to well-tried medical rules of causal reasoning and inference to the easiest clarification, Christopher Norris clarifies those debates to a non-specialist readership and students of philosophy, technological know-how experiences and the philosophy of technology alike. Quantum thought and the Flight From Realism means that philosophical mirrored image can give a contribution to a greater knowing of those an important, present matters.

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10 See Note 8, above. 11 Rae, Quantum Physics: illusion or reality? (op. ), p. 50. 12 Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (op. ), p. 778. ), Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory: reflections on Bell’s Theorem (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1989) and entries under Note 4, above. Albert, ‘Bohm’s Alternative to Quantum Mechanics’, Scientific American, No. 270 Is it possible to be a realist about quantum mechanics? 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 37 (May 1994), pp.

Squires, The Mystery of the Quantum World (op. ), p. 24. Ibid, p. 24. See Note 15, above; also—for a brief introductory account—John Gribbin, ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’, New Statesman and Society, 7th April 1995, pp. 45–6. Armstrong, What is a Law of Nature? Salmon, Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984); Peter J. Smith, Realism and the Progress of Science (Cambridge University Press, 1981); Michael Tooley, Causation: a realist approach (Blackwell, 1988).

Rae, Quantum Physics: illusion or reality? (op. ), pp. 14–15. Holland, The Quantum Theory of Motion (op. ), p. 350. Ibid, p. 9.

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