Quantum Theoretical Approaches and Causality

Authored by: Gregg Jaeger

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch14

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Abstract

Quantum mechanics is a revolutionary theory of the motion of physical objects in space and time. It was built up through the accumulation of new ideas after the turn of the twentieth century, and reached mathematical maturity roughly a quarter of a century later. Since this early beginning, physicists and philosophers have grappled with its broad and deep philosophical meaning. A number of different interpretations of the theory, which have differing philosophical emphases, have been offered. The world picture that quantum mechanics provides differs dramatically from that of all previous theories of physics, in several respects. This is so regardless of which of the several available interpretations of its formalism one considers.

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