Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Second Edition
Copyright © Tim Maudlin 1994, 2002
Editor(s): Tim Maudlin
Published Online: 17 DEC 2007
Print ISBN: 9780631232209
Online ISBN: 9780470752166
About this Book
Modern physics was born from two great revolutions: relativity and the quantum theory. Relativity imposed a locality constraint on physical theories: since nothing can go faster than light, very distant events cannot influence one another. Only in the last few decades has it become clear that the quantum theory violates this constraint. The work of J.S. Bell has demonstrated that no local theory can return the predictions of quantum theory. Thus it would seem that the central pillars of modern physics are contradictory.