Lost Causes in and beyond Physics

Lost Causes in and beyond Physics

von: R.F. Streater

Springer-Verlag, 2007

ISBN: 9783540365822 , 158 Seiten

2. Auflage

Format: PDF

Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen

Windows PC,Mac OSX Apple iPad, Android Tablet PC's

Preis: 74,89 EUR

  • Engineering Geology for Underground Rocks
    Climate Variability and Extremes during the Past 100 years
    Advances in Geoinformatics - VIII Brazilian Symposium on Geoinformatics, GEOINFO 2006, Campos do Jordão (SP), Brazil, November 19-22, 2006
    Digital Terrain Modelling - Development and Applications in a Policy Support Environment
    Computational Earthquake Physics: Simulations, Analysis and Infrastructure, Part I
    GIS for Health and the Environment - Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in Arid Environments
    Rural Analysis and Management - An Earth Science Approach to Rural Science
    GPS - Theory, Algorithms and Applications
    Information Fusion and Geographic Information Systems - Proceedings of the Third International Workshop
    Studies of Cave Sediments - Physical and Chemical Records of Paleoclimate
    Ocean Waves Breaking and Marine Aerosol Fluxes
 

Mehr zum Inhalt

Lost Causes in and beyond Physics


 

Preface

5

Contents

7

1 Introduction

9

2 Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy

14

2.1 Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy

14

2.2 Statistics in Human Affairs

15

2.3 Meadow’s Logical Error

18

3 Elementary Probability

26

3.1 Basics

26

3.2 Probability Distributions

29

3.3 Moments

34

3.4 Probability with Two Observers

36

3.5 Statistical Models

37

3.6 The Algebraic Theory of Gelfand

39

4 Quantum Probability

42

4.1 Algebras

42

4.2 The Schrödinger Picture

45

4.3 State Space

47

4.4 The Spectral Theorem

48

4.5 Tensor Products

50

4.6 Superselection Rules

52

4.7 Measurement and Events

61

4.8 The Quantum Game with Two Observers

67

5 Bayesians

71

5.1 Classical Bayesianism

71

5.2 Physics from Fisher Information

75

5.3 Quantum Bayesianism

76

6 EPR and the Dangers of Cannabis

79

6.1 Cannabis

79

6.2 The EPR Experiment

84

6.3 Counterfactuals

90

7 Stapp’s Theory of the Brain

94

7.1 The Speed at Which Concepts are Formed

94

7.2 The Claimed Absence of Correlations in Classical Field Theory

95

7.3 Supposed nonlocalities of Quantum Theory

96

7.4 Conclusion

97

8 Hidden Variables

99

8.1 Bell’s Theorem

103

9 Bohmian Mechanics

107

10 The Analytic S-matrix Bootstrap

117

10.1 Scattering

117

10.2 Dispersion Relations

119

10.3 Mandelstam’s Formula

121

10.4 Bootstrap

122

11 Nelson and Wiener

127

11.1 Wiener

127

11.2 Nelson

128

12 Other Lost Causes

133

12.1 Bondi’s Solution to the Twin Paradox

133

12.2 Quantum Logic

134

12.3 Trivalent Logic

135

12.4 Jordan Algebras

135

12.5 Non-self-adjoint Observables

136

12.6 Critique of Geometro-Stochastic Theory

141

12.7 Dirac’s Programme of Quantisation

144

12.8 DiffM as a Gauge Group

146

12.9 Dirac Notation

147

13 Some Good Ideas

149

13.1 Euclidean Quantum Field Theory

149

13.2 The Most General Quantum Theory

150

13.3 Cohomology

152

References

158

Index

165