Re-examining the Quantum-classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism
|Book Title: Re-examining the Quantum-classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism|
Category: Science & Geography
Realese Date: 27 October 2008
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Autor: Alisa Bokulich
Description of the book "Re-examining the Quantum-classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism"Classical mechanics and quantum mechanics are two of the most successful scientific theories ever discovered, and yet how they can describe the same world is far from clear: one theory is deterministic, the other indeterministic; one theory describes a world in which chaos is pervasive, the other a world in which chaos is absent. Focusing on the exciting field of 'quantum chaos', this book reveals that there is a subtle and complex relation between classical and quantum mechanics. It challenges the received view that classical and quantum mechanics are incommensurable, and revives another, largely forgotten tradition due to Niels Bohr and Paul Dirac. By artfully weaving together considerations from the history of science, philosophy of science, and contemporary physics, this book offers a new way of thinking about intertheory relations and scientific explanation. It will be of particular interest to historians and philosophers of science, philosophically-inclined physicists, and interested non-specialists.
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