- Hardcover: 422 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books (20 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739180320
- ISBN-13: 978-0739180327
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,934,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature (Contemporary Whitehead Studies) Hardcover – 20 Jun 2013
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"A startling development in the last century has been the overflowing of theoretical and observational sciences into the fields of philosophy, particularly by quantum mechanics and cosmology. The present book is twice valuable on this fascinating subject in my opinion: on one hand for its clear and lucid exposition and application of Whitehead's ontology as a most attractive framework for this kind of query, and on the other hand, for its extension of the dialectics of ontology through an original use of advanced concepts from modern mathematics."
ROLAND OMNÈS, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University of Paris-Sud, author of The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and Converging Realities (both Princeton University Press).
"This is a unique book in its scope, approach and method. A novel physical and philosophical interpretation of sheaf theory sheds new light on the quantum measurement problem, entanglement, locality and truth. A new systematic and rigorous relational realistic paradigm for natural philosophy has emerged, rooted on the same principles with Abstract (Modern) Differential Geometry, that transmutes the above into a fully fledged dynamical theory."
ANASTASIOS MALLIOS, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Athens, author of Geometry of Vector Sheaves (Springer) and Modern Differential Geometry in Gauge Theories (Birkhäuser).
About the Author
Michael Epperson did his doctoral work in philosophy of science and philosophy of religion at The University of Chicago, and earned his Ph.D. there in 2003. His dissertation, Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, was written under the direction of philosopher David Tracy and physicist Peter Hodgson, Head of the Nuclear Physics Theoretical Group at the University of Oxford. It was published the following year by Fordham University Press, and re-released in paperback by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is currently Director of the Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Sacramento, where he is a Research Professor and principal Investigator.
Elias Zafiris holds a M.Sc. (Distinction) in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces from Imperial College at the University of London, and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Imperial College. He has published numerous papers on category-theoretic methods in quantum physics and complex systems theories, topological localization and modern differential geometry in quantum field theory and quantum gravity, generalized spacetime quantum theory, decoherence, and many other topics in the foundations of physics. He is a research professor in theoretical and mathematical physics at the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Athens, and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Logic, Institute of Philosophy, Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. He is also a senior research fellow and Principal Investigator at the Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Sacramento.
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While I consider that the radical aspect presented, a purported need to replace set theory by category theory as basis, is ambitious (I would prefer to extend the current conceptual framework), nevertheless there is a wholly consistent thesis, very well described, & its core has been demonstrated 'not wrong' by the evidence in quantum experiments. If you can consider relations to be as fundamental as objects, then this is a good place to read about it. I haven't found anything so satisfying since encountering Bohmian mechanics.
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