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Quantum Mechanics and Experience

Quantum Mechanics and Experience [Format Kindle]

David Z Albert

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The more science tells us about the world, the stranger it looks. Ever since physics first penetrated the atom, early in this century, what it found there has stood as a radical and unanswered challenge to many of our most cherished conceptions of nature. It has literally been called into question since then whether or not there are always objective matters of fact about the whereabouts of subatomic particles, or about the locations of tables and chairs, or even about the very contents of our thoughts. A new kind of uncertainty has become a principle of science.

This book is an original and provocative investigation of that challenge, as well as a novel attempt at writing about science in a style that is simultaneously elementary and deep. It is a lucid and self-contained introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics, accessible to anyone with a high school mathematics education, and at the same time a rigorous discussion of the most important recent advances in our understanding of that subject, some of which are due to the author himself.

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  • Editeur : Harvard University Press (25 janvier 1993)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely worth the effort 22 janvier 2004
Par lo3 - Publié sur
This book was a revelation to me. It covers exactly the middle-ground I was looking for, between no-math lay books and dense PhD-level math texts.
It's a book for someone looking to take the next step, once you've understood enough of basic QM on the lay level to start asking deeper philosophical questions. The author's approach is unique in asking these philosophical questions about this utterly strange QM world, but yet doing it in a way that is formal enough to be credible, as opposed to many fuzzy lay texts that leave you in a rather more than less confused state.
Mind you, despite the first innocent-looking impression, it is not an easy read. But then the really interesting books seldom are. I read it once, then I studied it again, taking notes. But at that point I got rewarded by insights unavailable elsewhere.
As to the tone of the author, it is indeed unusual, but I personally like it. The parentheses, repetitions and footnotes other reviewers complained about actually helped me a lot, by providing multiple angles on difficult concepts constantly. I'd welcome more books written in this style. Also the math-level in the book is certainly within reach of most people, if you are willing to learn while reading the book. I have no significant math background myself and yet could understand almost everything.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Professor David Albert does not promote the occult 16 novembre 2005
Par Cascio Marianna - Publié sur
A previous reviewer expressed her dismay that Professor Albert has appeared in a "cult promotional video" called "What the Bleep Do We Know". I recommend that those concerned or interested by this claim do a search in the Wikipedia for the title of the film, and then search within that page for the phrase "David Albert". Within the paragraph containing his name is a link to an article in the on-line edition of Popular Science Magazine which explains that Prof. Albert does *NOT* and did *NOT* support the views of the filmmakers: the statements he made in his interview for the film were edited and cut such that he appears to support their ideas, when he actually considers them to be nonsense.

I have read this wonderful book by Prof. Albert. I give it four stars instead of five because of the writing style: while said style is occasionally refreshing, it can sometimes be a hindrance to the reader's understanding of the ideas presented by the good professor.

Prof. Albert uses a combination of intuitive and interesting thought experiments, coupled with a conceptual abstraction from the QM math, to engage the reader in a profound exploration of the *consequences* of the quantum reality that seems to encompass the microscopic world (and indeed the universe as a whole).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost what I wanted, but not quite 27 septembre 2003
Par Bruce R. Gilson - Publié sur
This book is unusual in that the author's interpretation of quantum mechanics is at variance from the one that is popular today. And since it seems to be close to my own preference in this regard, I wanted to give the book a high rating. But it misses for two reasons.
The mathematics is done using a notation that is sometimes a bit difficult to follow. (And I say this as a holder of a Ph. D. in theoretical chemistry, i. e., one thoroughly familiar with the kind of mathematics that is presented in the book!) And the writing is hard to follow in some places (especially because he'll make lists of points as A, B, C, D and then refer to them by those letters, making the reader go back to find out what he's talking about!)
Another reviewer stated that what this book really needs is some editing by someone else. With that judgment I concur. The _material_ in the book is first-rate. The _presentation_ could use some improvement.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Worth The Effort Needed 13 février 2000
Par Victor R Hambridge - Publié sur
This book is a very good introduction to Quantum Mechanics. I thought that the first three chapters on "Superposition", "The Mathematical Foundation and " Nonlocality" were particularly interesting and well written and alone worth reading. Later chapters are of a lesser quality and the writer seems tired towards the end of the book. Also be warned this book needs effort, review will be required, and if you don't have some talent for mathematics its going to be hard going. Overall I think that the knowledge to be gained will be proportional to the work put in by the reader and I believe that this book is well worth the required effort.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I am not sure who to blame: Albert or his editor 29 septembre 2002
Par Adam Schweber - Publié sur
I purchased Albert's book in anticipation of a philosophy course that he was teaching. Fortunately, I didn't enroll in the course. While Albert's intent to provide the lay person with a rigorous understanding of the conflicting interpretations of quantum physics is commendable, he is not very effective at accomplishing his goal.
To begin, he misleads the reader in stating that the only prerequisite for the book is high school mathematics. While Albert cleverly uses thought experiments with which the reader can identify when describing the experimental results of quantum mechanics (e.g., uses incompatibles of color and hardness to describe the results of the Stern-Gerlach experiment), Albert fails in effectively describing the fundamental linear algebra that he uses in his text.
Secondly, his writing style, while initially appealing in its informality, obstructs his message. The man is parentheses happy -- he uses them in nearly every sentence to convey key ideas. He also loves to leave key explanatory ideas for footnotes that can run on for pages. Furthermore, the progression of the text frequently obfuscates the logical relationship between ideas that he describes. After having read a section, I would often wonder which ideas were the premises of his argument and which were the conclusions. While we may excuse a physicist of this offense, I can't excuse Albert, a professor of philisophy.
However, I do not think that Albert should solely bear the responsibility for these offenses. Where was his editor? I know that she, as the editor of R.I.G. Hughes' "The Structure and Interpretion of QM", is capable of better work (I recommend this text to anyone disappointed by Albert's book who still has the energy to pursue a less technical account of QM). She should have informed Albert that the cutesy informal style was a big failure. She also should have tested the accuracy of Albert's claim about book's mathematical prerequisites.
It was a noble but failed attempt. With a great deal of editting/rewriting, and a better account of the QM formalism, the book could be a success.
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