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2019.08.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Maudlin, Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Theory, Princeton University Press, 2019, 233pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691183527. Reviewed by Antonio Vassallo, University of Barcelona When I was an undergraduate student in physics -- quite a while ago -- there was a running joke in the department that went something like this: quantum theory is the science of preparing systems in one state and detecting them in another state; everything that happens in between is philosophy. Tim Maudlin's book deals exactly with what "happens in between", and it does it with an attitude so direct and iconoclastic that it should have been subtitled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Quantum Theory (But Were Afraid to Ask)". In order to understand where and how Maudlin's introduction to quantum theory breaks with the traditional textbooks on the subject, we should very briefly (and non-rigorously) recall the basic... Read More

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