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Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics  Bernard D'Espagnat 
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Apr1312, 01:51 AM

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Can anyone comment on this book?



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Apr1312, 03:20 AM

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A very good book for people interested in mathematical, physical and philosophical aspects of foundations of quantum mechanics. Often cited, especially for explanation of the physical meaning of the density matrix.



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Apr1312, 03:29 AM

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great, thanks; I studied D'Espagnat's 'On Physics and Philosophy' a couple of times; I still do not understand every aspect  I think this is beyond my philosophical capabilities  but after your statement I will certainly start reading 'Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics'



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Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics  Bernard D'Espagnat
D' Espagnat makes use of quantum mechanics to provide a physicists perspective on the nature of our reality and the tenuous nature of the subject object separation we take for granted and assume to be universal and exist independently of our involvement. He emphasises that in his opinion QM is universal in applicability and can account for classical physics  not that he considers QM to have an ontological basis, rather he thinks that the lessons we learn from QM are fundamental to our whole reality, but not forgetting that QM itself is examined through our construct. In terms of his books, I think “Veiled reality” is the best account of his physics and philosophy  he deals with the technical aspects of QM but also discusses at length the philosophical questions surrounding physics and its quest to understand nature. His book “Conceptual foundations of QM” is much more technical and was written by d'Espagnat as a technical fore runner to explain his use of the formalism of QM within his overall philosophical framework of open realism. I find the technical aspects of QM quite difficult, so I have gained much more from “Veiled Reality” than "Conceptual foundations of QM"  I would certainly recommend "Veiled Reality" if you are looking for a more technical overview of his use of QM in supporting his philosophical framework than that which is contained within "On Physics and Philosophy". I have also found “On Physics and Philosophy” to be very informative and I think it provides a very good account for the non specialist of the role of physics (in terms of idealism and realism) in trying to understand the nature of reality outside and inside of our reality. 


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Apr1312, 06:44 AM

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Len M, I agree with most of what you are saying; it's an impressive and well thought out elaboration; I will certainly study the book a couple of times and I am sure that I will alayws find new trains of thought and philosophical aspects.



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