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John Stewart Bell and Twentieth-Century Physics
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John Stewart Bell and Twentieth-Century Physics: Vision and Integrity

Andrew Whitaker

Abstract

John Stewart Bell was one of the most significant physicists of the twentieth century; his work has led to a much enhanced understanding of quantum theory and what it says about the physical universe, particularly about realism, determinism, and locality. This book describes Bell’s relatively humble origins and his struggles to obtain secondary and university education. It then describes his work at Harwell, where he made important theoretical contributions to the development of particle accelerators, in particular with his pioneering work on strong focussing. Later, he proved the extremely im ... More

Keywords: quantum theory, hidden variable, realism, determinism, locality, Bell’s theorem, Bell’s inequality, CPT, Adler–Bell–Jackiw, strong focussing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198742999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198742999.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Whitaker, author
Professor of Physics, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland