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Quo Vadis Quantum Mechanics?

  • Avshalom C. Elitzur
  • Shahar Dolev
  • Nancy Kolenda


  • In many respects this is a unique book.

  • There is no other book on the market featuring such an ensemble of leading figures in quantum mechanics and offering such a combination of articles and exchanges


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Časlav Brukner, Anton Zeilinger
    Pages 47-61
  3. Daniel M. Greenberger, Karl Svozil
    Pages 63-71
  4. A. J. Leggett
    Pages 83-90
  5. Gerard ’t Hooft
    Pages 99-111
  6. Carlo Rovelli
    Pages 113-120
  7. Simon Saunders
    Pages 209-238
  8. Yakir Aharonov, Shahar Dolev
    Pages 283-297
  9. Avshalom C. Elitzur, Shahar Dolev
    Pages 325-349
  10. Geoffrey F. Chew
    Pages 351-370

About this book


For more than a century, quantum mechanics has served as a very powerful theory that has expanded physics and technology far beyond their classical limits, yet it has also produced some of the most difficult paradoxes known to the human mind. This book represents the combined efforts of sixteen of today's most eminent theoretical physicists to lay out future directions for quantum physics. The authors include Yakir Aharonov, Anton Zeilinger; the Nobel laureates Anthony Leggett and Geradus 't Hooft; Basil Hiley, Lee Smolin and Henry Stapp. Following a foreword by Roger Penrose, the individual chapters address questions such as quantum non-locality, the measurement problem, quantum insights into relativity, cosmology and thermodynamics, and the possible bearing of quantum phenomena on biology and consciousness.


Cosmology Foundations of physics Interpretation of quantum mechanics Relativistic quantum mechanics Spacetime determinism interpret philosophy probability quantum mechanics quantum physics relativity truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Avshalom C. Elitzur
    • 1
  • Shahar Dolev
    • 2
  • Nancy Kolenda
    • 3
  1. 1.Unit of Interdisciplinary StudiesBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael
  2. 2.The Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of ScienceThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.Center for Frontier SciencesTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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From the reviews:

"The book comprises eighteen purpose-written chapters and three others featuring verbatim reports of discussions between workshop participants. … It all makes for an interesting read – much of it quite demanding, and repaying a reader’s commitment to further reflection. … I commend this volume as a thought-provoking and largely entertaining read." (D. L. Andrews, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 47 (1), 2006)

"Quantum Mechanics appears to be at a turning point. … to read this cooperative work is a ‘must’ for all the people interested by the strange nature of quantum matters. … most of the great names of the field do contribute to this interesting volume. There is also an open door to the field of biophysics and to the understanding of the connection of our minds to our bodies. Eventually, the three roundtable discussions … ideally complement the contributed papers." (Jean-Marie André, Physicalia Magazine, Vol. 30 (1), 2008)

"It provides a valuable perspective on how the current leaders in the field think and gives a sense of what heuristics motivate them … . useful to someone beginning graduate studies in the foundations of quantum mechanics: as something to dip into to help orient them; to suggest promising avenues for cutting-edge research; and to give a vivid sense of the shape of the field. … It’s a volume that all workers on the foundations of physics will be pleased to have on their shelves." (Christopher Timpson, Metascience, Vol. 16, 2007)