Chance in physics : foundations and perspectives / J. Bricmont [and others] (eds.).

Contributor(s): Bricmont, J. (Jean)
Material type: TextTextSeries: Lecture notes in physics: v. 574.Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2001Description: 1 online resource (xi, 288 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540449669; 3540449663Subject(s): Probabilities -- Congresses | Quantum theory -- Congresses | Statistical mechanics -- Congresses | Mathematical physics -- Congresses | Mathematical physics | Probabilities | Quantum theory | Statistical mechanicsGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Conference papers and proceedings. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Chance in physics.DDC classification: 530.15/92 LOC classification: QC20.7.P7 | C48 2001Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
The Rise of Statistical Mechanics -- Boltzmann's Approach to Statistical Mechanics -- Microscopic Time Reversibility and the Boltzmann's Equation -- The Direction of Time -- How to Implement Boltzmann's Probabilistic Ideas in a Relativistic World?- Probability in Orthodox Quantum Mechanics: Probability as a Postulate Versus Probability as an Emergent Phenomenon -- Bohmian Mechanics -- Chance of Reduction as Chance of Spontaneous Localisation -- Probabilities, Decohering Histories, and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics -- Space--Time and Probability -- Hidden Variables, Statistical Mechanics and the Early Universe -- Perspectives of the Dynamical Reduction Program -- Relativistic Theory of Continuous Measurements -- Probabilistic Results for Six Detectors in a Three-Particle GHZ Experiment -- Does Quantum Chaos Exist?- Time-Scales for the Approach to Thermal Equilibrium -- Einstein's Nonconventional Conception of the Photon and the Modern Theory of Dynamical Systems.
Summary: This selection of reviews and papers is intended to stimulate renewed reflection on the fundamental and practical aspects of probability in physics. While putting emphasis on conceptual aspects in the foundations of statistical and quantum mechanics, the book deals with the philosophy of probability in its interrelation with mathematics and physics in general. Addressing graduate students and researchers in physics and mathematics togehter with philosophers of science, the contributions avoid cumbersome technicalities in order to make the book worthwhile reading for nonspecialists and specialists alike.
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The Rise of Statistical Mechanics -- Boltzmann's Approach to Statistical Mechanics -- Microscopic Time Reversibility and the Boltzmann's Equation -- The Direction of Time -- How to Implement Boltzmann's Probabilistic Ideas in a Relativistic World?- Probability in Orthodox Quantum Mechanics: Probability as a Postulate Versus Probability as an Emergent Phenomenon -- Bohmian Mechanics -- Chance of Reduction as Chance of Spontaneous Localisation -- Probabilities, Decohering Histories, and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics -- Space--Time and Probability -- Hidden Variables, Statistical Mechanics and the Early Universe -- Perspectives of the Dynamical Reduction Program -- Relativistic Theory of Continuous Measurements -- Probabilistic Results for Six Detectors in a Three-Particle GHZ Experiment -- Does Quantum Chaos Exist?- Time-Scales for the Approach to Thermal Equilibrium -- Einstein's Nonconventional Conception of the Photon and the Modern Theory of Dynamical Systems.

This selection of reviews and papers is intended to stimulate renewed reflection on the fundamental and practical aspects of probability in physics. While putting emphasis on conceptual aspects in the foundations of statistical and quantum mechanics, the book deals with the philosophy of probability in its interrelation with mathematics and physics in general. Addressing graduate students and researchers in physics and mathematics togehter with philosophers of science, the contributions avoid cumbersome technicalities in order to make the book worthwhile reading for nonspecialists and specialists alike.

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