Cover: The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, from Harvard University PressCover: The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics in PAPERBACK

The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Product Details


Print on Demand

$52.00 • £45.95 • €47.95

ISBN 9780674843929

Publication Date: 03/01/1992


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

71 line illustrations


Add to Cart

Media Requests:

Related Subjects

  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Stern-Gerlach Experiment
  • I. The Structure of Quantum Theory
    • 1. Vector Spaces
      • Vectors
      • Operators
      • Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
      • Inner Products of Vectors in R²
      • Complex Numbers
      • The Space C2
      • The Pauli Spin Matrices
      • Mathematical Generalization
      • Vector Spaces
      • Linear Operators
      • Inner Products on V
      • Subspaces and Projection Operators
      • Orthonormal Bases
      • Operators with a Discrete Spectrum
      • Operators with a Continuous Spectrum
      • Hilbert Spaces
    • 2. States and Observables in Quantum Mechanics
      • Classical Mechanics: Systems and Their States
      • Observables and Experimental Questions
      • States and Observables in Quantum Theory
      • Probabilities and Expectation Values
      • The Evolution of States in Classical Mechanics
      • Determinism
      • The Evolution of States in Quantum Mechanics
      • Theories and Models
    • 3. Physical Theory and Hilbert Spaces
      • Minimal Assumptions for Physical Theory
      • The Representation of Outcomes and Events
      • The Representation of States
      • Determinism, Indeterminism, and the Principle of Superposition
      • Mixed States
      • Observables and Operators
      • Relations between Observables: Functional Dependence and Compatibility Incompatible Observables
      • The Representational Capacity of Hilbert Spaces
      • The Schrödinger Equation
    • 4. Spin and Its Representation
      • Symmetry Conditions and Spin States
      • A Partial Representation of Spin in R2
      • The Representation of (Sa) in C2
      • Conclusion
    • 5. Density Operators and Tensor-Product Spaces
      • Operators of the Trace Class
      • Density Operators
      • Density Operators on C2
      • Pure and Mixed States
      • The Dynamical Evolution of States
      • Gleason’s Theorem
      • Composite Systems and Tensor-Product Spaces
      • The Reduction of States of Composite Systems
  • II. The Interpretation of Quantum Theory
    • 6. The Problem of Properties
      • Properties, Experimental Questions, and the Dispersion Principle
      • The EPR Argument
      • Bohm’s Version of the EPR Experiment
      • The Statistical Interpretation
      • Kochen and Specker’s Example
      • Generalizing the Problem
      • The Bell-Wigner Inequality
      • Hidden Variables
      • Interpreting Quantum Theory: Statistical States and Value States
    • 7. Quantum Logic
      • The Algebra of Properties of a Simple Classical System
      • Boolean Algebras
      • Posets and Lattices
      • The Structure of S(H)
      • The Algebra of Events
      • A Formal Approach to Quantum Logic
      • An Unexceptionable Interpretation of Quantum Logic
      • Putnam on Quantum Logic
      • Properties and Deviant Logic
    • 8. Probability, Causality, and Explanation
      • Probability Generalized
      • Two Uniqueness Results
      • The Two-Slit Experiment: Waves and Particles
      • The Two-Slit Experiment: Conditional Probabilities
      • The Bell-Wigner Inequality and Classical Probability
      • Bell Inequalities and Einstein-Locality
      • Bell Inequalities and Causality
      • Coupled Systems and Conditional Probabilities
      • Probability, Causality, and Explanation
    • 9. Measurement
      • Three Principles of Limitation
      • Indeterminacy and Measurement
      • Projection Postulates
      • Measurement and Conditionalization
      • The Measurement Problem and Schrodinger’s Cat
      • Jauch’s Model of the Measurement Process
      • A Problem for Internal Accounts of Measurement
      • Three Accounts of Measurement
    • 10. An Interpretation of Quantum Theory
      • Abstraction and Interpretation
      • Properties and Latencies: The Quantum Event Interpretation
      • The Copenhagen Interpretation
      • The Priority of the Classical World
      • Quantum Theory and the Classical Horizon
  • Appendix A. Gleason’s Theorem
  • Appendix B. The Lÿders Rule
  • Appendix C. Coupled Systems and Conditionalization
  • References
  • Index

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

The Burnout Challenge

On Burnout Today with Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter

In The Burnout Challenge, leading researchers of burnout Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter focus on what occurs when the conditions and requirements set by a workplace are out of sync with the needs of people who work there. These “mismatches,” ranging from work overload to value conflicts, cause both workers and workplaces to suffer