Open Questions in Quantum Physics

Invited Papers on the Foundations of Microphysics

  • Gino Tarozzi
  • Alwyn van der Merwe

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Quantum Mechanics, Reality and Separability: Physical Developments of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Argument

  3. The Stochastic Interpretation of Quantum Processes

  4. The Realistic Interpretation of the Wave Function: Experimental Tests on the Wave-Particle Dualism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Gino Tarozzi, Alwyn van der Merwe
      Pages 391-393
    3. Karl Popper
      Pages 395-413
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 415-426

About this book


Due to its extraordinary predictive power and the great generality of its mathematical structure, quantum theory is able, at least in principle, to describe all the microscopic and macroscopic properties of the physical world, from the subatomic to the cosmological level. Nevertheless, ever since the Copen­ hagen and Gottingen schools in 1927 gave it the definitive formu­ lation, now commonly known as the orthodox interpretation, the theory has suffered from very serious logical and epistemologi­ cal problems. These shortcomings were immediately pointed out by some of the principal founders themselves of quantum theory, to wit, Planck, Einstein, Ehrenfest, Schrodinger, and de Broglie, and by the philosopher Karl Popper, who assumed a position of radical criticism with regard to the standard formulation of the theory. The aim of the participants in the workshop on Open Questions in Quantum Physics, which was held in Bari (Italy), in the Department of Physics of the University, during May 1983 and whose Proceedings are collected in the present volume, accord­ ingly was to discuss the formal, the physical and the epistemo­ logical difficulties of quantum theory in the light of recent crucial developments and to propose some possible resolutions of three basic conceptual dilemmas, which are posed respectively ~: (a) the physical developments of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen argument and Bell's theorem, i. e.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gino Tarozzi
    • 1
  • Alwyn van der Merwe
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy and MathematicsUniversity of BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of DenverUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8816-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5245-4
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