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New edition of Ballentine's textbook.

  1. Nov 13, 2014 #1

    strangerep

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    For those who like Ballentine's textbook, I just noticed that a 2nd edition has become available very recently. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the Amazon "look inside" feature enabled so I can't see easily what's been changed, apart from the extra chapter on quantum information mentioned in the general blurb.

    Amazon has 4 copies left..... but... <click>..... now they have 3. ;)
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2014 #2

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  4. Nov 14, 2014 #3

    naima

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    A new chapter about quantum information?
    No-cloning no-deleting no-hiding theorems maybe?
     
  5. Nov 14, 2014 #4

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  6. Nov 14, 2014 #5

    DarMM

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    The new edition ships with sexy pin-ups of the founding fathers of QM, which was always lacking in the first edition.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2014 #6

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  8. Nov 14, 2014 #7

    strangerep

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    Istm, what's discussed is a somewhat incoherent mixture of his book, and his old 1970 paper.

    This is more like a 3rd edition. The 1st was 1990 (with a different publisher?), the 2nd was 1998 (World Scientific), and now we have the 2015 edition (sic) -- which World Scientific seems to call the "2nd edition" of his 1998 book.

    It's interesting to read the preface (which can be freely downloaded as part of the "front matter" on the publisher page that Dr Claude gave). It gives some insight into his motivations back in 1990, as well as how it has evolved in ~25 yrs since.
     
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  9. Nov 14, 2014 #8

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    That's true.

    His book evolved a bit from the 1970 paper where in the book he clarified exactly what an observation selecting from a conceptual ensemble means.

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  10. Nov 15, 2014 #9

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    The previous edition ended with chapter 20 (Bell's theorem and its consequences.
    There is now a new (21) chapter about quantum information.
    Did somebody read it?
     
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