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Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992)

Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992)

By far the best introduction to the philosophy of quantum mechanics. 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Complete collection of John Bell's published and unpublished papers on quantum mechanics, with a preface by Bell himself and an introduction by Alain Aspect.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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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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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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The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics (2013)

The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics (2013)

Introduction to the formalism of quantum mechanics and the measurement problem, followed by 10 essays on the nature of the wave function by leading specialists in the field (e.g. Albert, Wallace, Maudlin, etc.) More info →
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Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics (1994)

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics (1994)

A book on the clash, that is the (in)compatibility, between quantum mechanics and special relativity. Discusses the EPR paradox, Bell's theorem, and violations of Bell's inequality. More info →
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The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1973)

The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1973)

A classic in the field. The first book to be entirely devoted to many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Contains all of Everett’s main papers, along with an introduction by Bryce DeWitt and Neill Graham. More info →
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The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds (2001)

The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds (2001)

Very accessible, historical introduction to the measurement problem. Continues with a thorough and careful examination of Hugh Everett's relative state interpretation of quantum mechanics. Finishes with a description of other "no collapse" theories that have been proposed after Everett. Highly recommended. More info →
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The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family (2010)

The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family (2010)

The definitive fascinating biography of Hugh Everett III (1930-1982) who developed the relative state (or many-worlds) interpretation of quantum mechanics. More info →
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Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, & Reality (2010)

Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, & Reality (2010)

Twenty technical essays with commentaries and discussions by leading philosophers of physics on the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Discusses the problems of a preferred basis and the concept of probability. More info →
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The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary (2012)

The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary (2012)

Contains both the long and short version of Hugh Everett’s thesis on the relative state interpretation of quantum mechanics, along with his other writings and correspondence. With an introduction, commentaries and notes by Barrett and Byrne. More info →
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The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation (2012)

The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation (2012)

David Wallace offers a clear and up-to-date survey of work on the Everett interpretation in physics and in philosophy of science, and at the same time provides a self-contained and thoroughly modern account of it. More info →
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Schrödinger’s Rabbits: The Many Worlds of Quantum (2004)

Schrödinger’s Rabbits: The Many Worlds of Quantum (2004)

Popular scientific account of the Oxford interpretation of quantum mechanics (i.e. Everett's many-worlds interpretation), comparing it with the orthodox Copenhagen interpretation. More info →
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The Mystery of the Quantum World (1994)

The Mystery of the Quantum World (1994)

Introductory, non-mathematical account of the measurement problem and other philosophical issues in quantum mechanics, with a presentation of the different interpretations of quantum theory. Contains a short chapter on quantum mechanics and consciousness. More info →
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  1 comment for “Quantum Mechanics

  1. January 15, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I very much liked "Quantum theory cannot hurt you" by Marcus Chown. The way he explains it, the several counterintuitive concepts became connected and thus made (some) sense. 😉 Seems a bit "lighter" than the books you mention above however.

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