Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Second Edition

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Second Edition

Editor(s): Tim Maudlin

Published Online: 17 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631232209

Online ISBN: 9780470752166

DOI: 10.1002/9780470752166

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.

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