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May 2024
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This novel text directly addresses common claims and misconceptions around quantum mechanics and presents a fresh and modern understanding of this fundamental and essential physical theory. It begins with a non-mathematical introduction to some of the more controversial topics in the foundations of quantum mechanics. For those more familiar with the theoretical framework of quantum mechanics, the text moves on to a general introduction to quantum field theory, followed by a detailed discussion of cutting-edge topics in this area such as decoherence and spontaneous coherence. Several important philosophical problems in quantum mechanics are considered, and their interpretations are compared, notably the Copenhagen and many-worlds interpretations. The inclusion of frequent real-world examples, such as superconductors and superfluids, ensures the book remains grounded in modern research. This book will be a valuable resource for students and researchers in both physics and the philosophy of science interested in the foundations of quantum mechanics.


‘David Snoke’s new book provides an interpretation of quantum mechanics based on common sense and aimed towards an experimental physicist. A number of tricky theoretical concepts are explained in a simple and comprehensible way, which could only have been achieved through a profound and critical study. The book contains a good amount of the author’s highly original thoughts, based on his own research experience.’

Alexey Kavokin - Westlake University

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