Quantum Theory: Informational Foundations and Foils

  • Giulio Chiribella
  • Robert W. Spekkens

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 181)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Giulio Chiribella, Robert W. Spekkens
    Pages 1-18
  3. Foil Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Benjamin Schumacher, Michael D. Westmoreland
      Pages 45-81
  4. Axiomatizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Markus P. Müller, Lluís Masanes
      Pages 139-170
    3. Giulio Chiribella, Giacomo Mauro D’Ariano, Paolo Perinotti
      Pages 171-221
    4. Lucien Hardy
      Pages 223-248
    5. Borivoje Dakić, Časlav Brukner
      Pages 249-282
    6. Christopher A. Fuchs, Blake C. Stacey
      Pages 283-305
  5. Categories and Convex Sets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Bob Coecke, Ross Duncan, Aleks Kissinger, Quanlong Wang
      Pages 309-366
    3. Howard Barnum, Alexander Wilce
      Pages 367-420
  6. Quantum Versus Super-Quantum Correlations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. Marcin Pawłowski, Valerio Scarani
      Pages 423-438
    3. Miguel Navascués
      Pages 439-463
    4. Antonio Acín, Mafalda L. Almeida, Remigiusz Augusiak, Nicolas Brunner
      Pages 465-496

About this book


This book provides the first unified overview of the burgeoning research area at the interface between Quantum Foundations and Quantum Information.  Topics include: operational alternatives to quantum theory, information-theoretic reconstructions of the quantum formalism, mathematical frameworks for operational theories, and device-independent features of the set of quantum correlations.

Powered by the injection of fresh ideas from the field of Quantum Information and Computation, the foundations of Quantum Mechanics are in the midst of a renaissance. The last two decades have seen an explosion of new results and research directions, attracting broad interest in the scientific community. The variety and number of different approaches, however, makes it challenging for a newcomer to obtain a big picture of the field and of its high-level goals. Here, fourteen original contributions from leading experts in the field cover some of the most promising research directions that have emerged in the new wave of quantum foundations. The book is directed at researchers in physics, computer science, and mathematics and would be appropriate as the basis of a graduate course in Quantum Foundations.


Almost Quantum Theory Axiomatization of Quantum Theory Foundations of Quantum Theory Information Causality Information-theoretic postulates for Quantum Theory Multipartite Non-locality Operational Approaches to Quantum Theory Optimal Information Transfer Quantum Correlations Quasi-quantizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Giulio Chiribella
    • 1
  • Robert W. Spekkens
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  2. 2.Perimeter Inst Theoretical Physics WaterlooCanada

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