Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods

  • Asher Peres

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gathering the Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 24-47
    3. Pages 48-78
    4. Pages 79-112
  3. Cryptodeterminism and Quantum Inseparability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Pages 115-147
    3. Pages 148-186
    4. Pages 187-212
  4. Quantum Dynamics and Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Pages 215-259
    3. Pages 298-331
    4. Pages 373-429
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 430-449

About this book


There are many excellent books on quantum theory from which one can learn to compute energy levels, transition rates, cross sections, etc. The theoretical rules given in these books are routinely used by physicists to compute observable quantities. Their predictions can then be compared with experimental data. There is no fundamental disagreement among physicists on how to use the theory for these practical purposes. However, there are profound differences in their opinions on the ontological meaning of quantum theory. The purpose of this book is to clarify the conceptual meaning of quantum theory, and to explain some of the mathematical methods which it utilizes. This text is not concerned with specialized topics such as atomic structure, or strong or weak interactions, but with the very foundations of the theory. This is not, however, a book on the philosophy of science. The approach is pragmatic and strictly instrumentalist. This attitude will undoubtedly antagonize some readers, but it has its own logic: quantum phenomena do not occur in a Hilbert space, they occur in a laboratory.


mathematics quantum chaos quantum physics science thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Asher Peres
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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