Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View

By Bas C. Van Fraassen | Go to book overview
2 Causality in an indeterministic world 81
3 Deduction of Bell's Inequalities 85
4 The experiments 94
5 General description of causal models 99
6 Does locality really play a role? 102
5 New Probability Models and their Logic 106
1 When are values indeterminate? 106
2 General and geometric probability models 112
3 Accardi's inequalities 119
4 The end of counterfactual definiteness 122
5 Models of measurement: a trilemma for interpretation 125
6 Introduction to quantum logic 128
7 Is quantum logic important? 134
PART III MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS 137
6 The Basic Theory of Quantum Mechanics 139
1 Pure states and observables 139
2 Pure states, observables, and vectors 141
3 Observables and operators 147
4 Mixed states and operators 157
5 Gleason's theorem and its implications 165
6 Symmetries and motion: Schroedinger's equation 177
7 Symmetries and conservation laws 181
8 The radical effect of superselection rules 185
7 Composite Systems, Interaction, and Measurement 193
1 Composition 193
2 Reduction 199
3 Interaction and the ignorance interpretation of mixtures 206
4 The quantum-mechanical theory of measurement 208
5 Preparation of state 233
PART IV QUESTIONS OF INTERPRETATION 239
8 Critique of the Standard Interpretation 241
1 What is an interpretation? 241

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