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Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism


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Introduction; The formalism of quantum mechanics; The interpretation of quantum mechanics; The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen incompleteness argument; Nonlocality and the Bell inequality; The Kochen-Specker paradox; Nonlocality and the Kochen-Specker paradox; Realism and quantum logic; Envoi; Notes & references; Mathematical appendix; Bibliography; Index

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Winner of the 1988 Lakatos Award for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science


'Michael Redhead has given us a fine, hard book that stands head and shoulders above the usual crop.'Canadian Philosophical Review 'a paradigm of the new philosophy of physics ... long-awaited, authoritative and splendid book.' Philosophical Books 'Redhead's book is a useful update of Max Jammer's The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics' New Scientist `This is an important book, by a philosopher of physics who has played a significant role in disentangling some of the conceptual issues involved in the contemporary debate on incompleteness, nonlocality, and realism.' International Studies in Philosophy `Michael Redhead's arguments are presented with masterly care ... He modestly subtitles the book `a prolegomenon to the philosophy of quantum mechanics', but like an earlier prolegomenon it heralds a very fundamental shift in our way of looking at things.' Radical Philosophy `Michael Redhead's book will provide a much-appreciated entry to this field for anyone who has a nodding acquaintance with the physics and mathematics of quantum mechanics but a serious interest in probing its conceptual foundations.' Philosophy of Science 'a very readable and useful ... overview of the realism debates in quantum mechanics since the Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen argument ... The book begins with an exceptionally clear and concise introduction to the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. Redhead's book is a valuable one ... the book is meant to help us comprehend the technical details of a very difficult literature, and this it does extremely well. It is to be strongly recommended for anyone seriously intrerested in the foundations of quantum mechanics.' John F. Halpin, Oakland University, Philosophia, Volume 21, Nos. 3-4, April 1992

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