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Interpreting Quantum Theories
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Interpreting Quantum Theories

Laura Ruetsche

Abstract

QM∞ includes quantum field theory and the thermodynamic limit of quantum statistical mechanics — theories which, unlike the ‘ordinary’ quantum theories typically discussed by philosophers, concern infinite systems. The mathematical framework appropriate for the presentation of a theory of ordinary quantum mechanics is essentially unique. For theories of QM∞, this is not so. This prompts interpretive questions—for instance, about what makes a quantum theory the quantum theory it is — this work aims to chronicle. Having introduced a formal apparatus (operator algebra theory) suited to pursue the ... More

Keywords: Scientific realism, philosophy of physics, the interpretation of physical theories, physical possibility, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, quantum statistical mechanics, foundations of physics, operator algebras, broken symmetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199535408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535408.001.0001

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Laura Ruetsche, author
University of Michigan
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