The Message of Quantum Science

Attempts Towards a Synthesis

  • Philippe Blanchard
  • Jürg Fröhlich

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 899)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Philippe Blanchard, Mario Hellmich, Piotr Ługiewicz, Robert Olkiewicz
    Pages 1-32
  3. Detlev Buchholz, Hendrik Grundling
    Pages 33-45
  4. Roger Colbeck, Renato Renner
    Pages 65-93
  5. Nicola Vona, Detlef Dürr
    Pages 95-112
  6. Klaus Fredenhagen, Thomas-Paul Hack
    Pages 113-129
  7. Jürg Fröhlich, Baptiste Schubnel
    Pages 131-193
  8. Rudolf Haag
    Pages 219-234
  9. G. Dell’Antonio, R. Figari, A. Teta
    Pages 291-313
  10. Andreas Ruschhaupt, Reinhard F. Werner
    Pages 315-323

About this book


This collection of essays is above all intended to pay tribute to the fact that while QM today is a refined and incredibly successful instrument, many issues concerning the internal consistency and the interpretation of this theory are still not nearly as well understood as they ought to be. 

In addition, whenever possible these essays take the opportunity to link foundational issues to the many exciting developments that are often linked to major experimental and technological breakthroughs in exploiting the electromagnetic field and, in particular, its quantum properties and its interactions with matter, as well as to advances in solid state physics (such as new quantum Hall liquids, topological insulators and graphene). The present volume also focuses on various areas, including new interference experiments with very large molecules passing through double-slits, which test the validity of the Kochen-Specker theorem; new tests of the violation of Bell’s inequalities and the consequences of entanglement; new non-demolition measurements and tests of “wave-function collapse” to name but a few.

These experimental developments have raised many challenging questions for theorists, leading to a new surge of interest in the foundations of QM, which have puzzled physicists ever since this theory was pioneered almost ninety years ago. 

The outcome of a seminar program of the same name on foundational issues in quantum physics (QM), organized by the editors of this book, and addressing newcomers to the field and more seasoned specialists alike, this volume provides a pedagogically inspired snapshot view of many of the unresolved issues in the field of foundational QM.


Bell’s inequalities Consistency and interpretation of quantum theory Entanglement and non-demolition measurements Foundations of quantum mechanics History and philosophy of quantum physics Kochen-Specker theorem

Editors and affiliations

  • Philippe Blanchard
    • 1
  • Jürg Fröhlich
    • 2
  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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