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Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, 2nd Edition

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, 2nd Edition

Tim Maudlin

ISBN: 978-0-470-75215-9

Apr 2008

296 pages

$39.99

Description

Modern physics was born from two great revolutions: relativity and the quantum theory. Relativity imposed a locality constraint on physical theories: since nothing can go faster than light, very distant events cannot influence one another. Only in the last few decades has it become clear that the quantum theory violates this constraint. The work of J.S. Bell has demonstrated that no local theory can return the predictions of quantum theory. Thus it would seem that the central pillars of modern physics are contradictory.
Preface to First Edition.

Preface to Second Edition.

Introduction.

1. Bell's Theorem: The Prize of Locality.

Appendix A: The GHZ Scheme.

2. Relativity and Space-time Structure.

3. Finger Exercise: Superluminal Matter Transport.

4. Controlling the Connection: Signals.

Appendix B: Bohmian Mechanics.

5. Causation.

6. Secret Messages.

7. Points of View.

8. Life in the Elastic Space-time.

9. Morals.

An Overview of Quantum Mechanics.

References.

Index.


  • Contains a new appendix and an updated proof.

  • Regarded as a work of high quality by philosophers and physicists alike.

  • Stands as one of the clearest most accessible text on this central yet difficult subject.