Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

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The book Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1932) by John von Neumann is an important early work in the development of quantum theory.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The book was originally published in German in 1932 by Julius Springer, under the title Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik. An English translation by Robert T. Beyer was published in 1955 by Princeton University Press. A Russian translation, edited by N. Bogolyubov, was published by Nauka in 1964. A new English edition, edited by Nicholas A. Wheeler, was published in 2018 by Princeton University Press.[2]

Significance[edit]

The book mainly summarizes results that von Neumann had published in earlier papers.[3][4][5][6][7] Its main significance may be its argument against the idea of hidden variables, on thermodynamic grounds.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Hove, Léon (1958). "Von Neumann's contributions to quantum theory". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 64: 95–100. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1958-10206-2. 
  2. ^ https://press.princeton.edu/titles/11352.html
  3. ^ von Neumann, J. (1927). "Mathematische Begründung der Quantenmechanik [Mathematical Foundation of Quantum Mechanics]". Nachrichten von der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Mathematisch-Physikalische Klasse: 1–57. 
  4. ^ von Neumann, J. (1927). "Wahrscheinlichkeitstheoretischer Aufbau der Quantenmechanik [Probabilistic Theory of Quantum Mechanics]". Nachrichten von der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Mathematisch-Physikalische Klasse: 245–272. 
  5. ^ von Neumann, J. (1927). "Thermodynamik quantenmechanischer Gesamtheiten [Thermodynamics of Quantum Mechanical Quantities]". Nachrichten von der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Mathematisch-Physikalische Klasse. 102: 273–291. 
  6. ^ von Neumann, J. (1929). "Allgemeine Eigenwerttheorie Hermitescher Funktionaloperatoren [General Eigenvalue Theory of Hermitian Functional Operators]". Mathematische Annalen: 49–131. 
  7. ^ von Neumann, J. (1931). "Die Eindeutigkeit der Schrödingerschen Operatoren [The uniqueness of Schrödinger operators]". Mathematische Annalen. 104: 570–578. 

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