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Do We Really Understand Quantum Mechanics? (2012)

Do We Really Understand Quantum Mechanics? (2012)

Book on the philosophy and foundations of quantum mechanics, with an in-depth investigation of the various interpretations, along with a description of their respective success and difficulties. More info →
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Einstein, Bohr and the Quantum Dilemma: From Quantum Theory to Quantum Information (2006)

Einstein, Bohr and the Quantum Dilemma: From Quantum Theory to Quantum Information (2006)

Book on the history, philosophy and foundations of quantum mechanics, with discussions on Bell's theorem, recent experimental and theoretical developments and an entire chapter on quantum information theory. More info →
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Sneaking a Look at God's Cards: Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics (2007)

Sneaking a Look at God's Cards: Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics (2007)

Written by the leading physicist Giancarlo Ghirardi who developed the GRW interpretation of quantum mechanics. More info →
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The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective (1974)

The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective (1974)

Classic book on the philosophy of quantum mechanics from a historical point of view. Including historical material on the the Einstein-Bohr debates, the EPR paradox, the many-world interpretations, etc. Contains a decent introduction to the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. More info →
Quantum Theory and Measurement (1984)

Quantum Theory and Measurement (1984)

Collection of 49 classic papers on the measurement problem in quantum mechanics (e.g., Bohm’s 1952 papers, EPR paper, Schrödinger’s cat paper, etc.). More info →
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Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Collected Papers on Quantum Philosophy (1988)

Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Collected Papers on Quantum Philosophy (1988)

Complete collection of John Bell's published and unpublished papers on quantum mechanics, with a preface by Bell himself and an introduction by Alain Aspect. Famous for his theorem and other major contributions to the field, this is a classic book. Some papers are very readable, others are more advanced. More info →
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Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics (1989)

Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics (1989)

Contains an introduction to the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics and the famous measurement problem. Includes a discussion on the incompleteness of quantum mechanics, quantum nonlocality, and realism. More info →
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Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View (1991)

Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View (1991)

Contains an introduction to the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, along with a development of a modal interpretation of quantum theory and an introduction to the empiricist point of view in philosophy of science. More info →
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The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1992)

The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1992)

Very good introduction to the mathematical and philosophical foundations of quantum theory for scientists and nonscientists alike. Regrettably, Hughes did not use Dirac's braket notation. Discussion of the various interpretations of quantum mechanics. More info →
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Interpreting the Quantum World (1997)

Interpreting the Quantum World (1997)

Advanced and technical book on the interpretation of quantum mechanics and the measurement problem. Contains extensive discussion of the "no collapse" interpretations, hidden-variable theories, modal interpretations, and the contemporary decoherence theories of measurement. More info →
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