Conceptual and Philosophical Problems of Quantum Mechanics
In the preceding chapters we have tried to develop the conceptual basis of quantum mechanics. In addition, various exercises have demonstrated how quantum theory can be used to solve real physical problems. Of course, these problems represent only a small fraction of the many applications of quantum mechanics; numerous experimental results involving physics and chemistry can be explained successfully by adopting this theory. Up to now, no prediction made by quantum mechanics has been disproved experimentally. In spite of this success, conceptual problems of the theory exist; in fact, there have been many attempts to interpret quantum mechanics in a new way or even to replace it by another theory based on a more obvious conceptual and philosophical foundation.
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- 1.In conceiving this chapter, we were guided by similar discussions by A.I.M. Rae in his book: Quantum Mechanics (McGraw-Hill, London 1981); M. Jammer: The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective (Wiley, New York 1974).Google Scholar
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