Overturning traditional arguments, this book explores the relation between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics from historical, philosophical, and scientific perspectives. Its clear pedagogical presentation includes definition of all technical scientific, historical, and philosophical terms and an extensive bibliography. Suitable for historians and philosophers of science and philosophically-inclined physicists.
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'Bokulich fully appreciates many subtleties that practising physicists occasionally understand intuitively, but are rarely explicit about. Her ideas are refreshing and original and presented with clarity and erudition. I unreservedly recommend her book to anyone wanting to understand the intricate connections between the classical and quantum worlds.' Sir Michael Berry
'… this is a courageous book. More importantly, it is also a very interesting one, and my personal opinion is that Bokulich is typically right whenever she is controversial. This opinion is fed not only by the frequent strength of her arguments, but also by my impression that, as far as 20th century philosophers - as opposed to scientists like Einstein and Bohr - have set its agenda, the philosophy of science has become separated from the actual science it is supposed to describe by a wide gap. Consequently, scientists rarely take notice of its introverted debates … Bokulich's book obviously attempts to bridge this gap. And successfully so, I would say.' N. P. Landsman
'… Alisa Bokulich dwells extensively on the history of quantum mechanics and the philosophical ideas of its founding fathers and also on recent developments in physics. [This] book has thus become a goldmine of information and original ideas about quantum mechanics and its philosophy, in addition to being a philosophical treatise about the relation between theories.' Dennis Dieks, Metascience
Alisa Bokulich is a professor in the Philosophy Department at Boston University. Her research focuses on the history and philosophy of physics, as well as broader issues in the philosophy of science.
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