Gleason’s Theorem and Its Applications

  • Anatolij Dvurečenskij

Part of the Mathematics and Its Applications book series (MAEE, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    Pages 1-5
  3. Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    Pages 7-70
  4. Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    Pages 71-128
  5. Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    Pages 129-201
  6. Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    Pages 203-244
  7. Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    Pages 245-292
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 293-325

About this book


For many years physics and mathematics have had a fruitful influence on one another. Classical mechanics and celestial mechanics have produced very deep problems whose solutions have enhanced mathematics. On the other hand, mathematics itself has found interesting theories which then (sometimes after many years) have been reflected in physics, confirming the thesis that nothing is more practical than a good theory. The same is true for the younger physical discipline -of quantum mechanics. In the 1930s two events, not at all random, became: The mathematical back­ grounds of both quantum mechanics and probability theory. In 1936, G. Birkhoff and J. von Neumann published their historical paper "The logic of quantum mechanics", in which a quantum logic was suggested. The mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics remains an outstanding problem of mathematics, physics, logic and philosophy even today. The theory of quantum logics is a major stream in this axiomatical knowledge river, where L(H), the system of all closed subspaces of a Hilbert space H, due to J. von Neumann, plays an important role. When A.M. Gleason published his solution to G. Mackey's problem showing that any state (= probability measure) corresponds to a density operator, he probably did not anticipate that his solution would become a cornerstone of ax iomati cal theory of quantum mechanics nor that it would provide many interesting applications to mathematics.


Finite Lattice Probability theory measure theory proof quantum mechanics theorem

Authors and affiliations

  • Anatolij Dvurečenskij
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematical Institute of the Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaCzechoslovakia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4209-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8222-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0169-507X
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