edited by Robert S. Cohen, Michael Horne, and John Stachel
This is the first in a two-volume set, for theoretical physicists and philosophers of modern physics. It treats a puzzling and provocative aspect of recent quantum physics: the apparent interaction of certain physical events that cannot share any causal connection. These are said to be "entangled" in some way, but an explanation remains elusive. Abner Shimony, to whom the book is dedicated, and others, suggest the need to revive the category of what may be seen as a metaphysical potentiality. Abner has described these events without actions as "passion-at-a-distance": not active, but passive. The discussions gathered here are written by a team of scientists and philosophers seeking to shed new light on the most profound puzzles of our time.
Experimental Metaphysics is intended for theoretical physicists and philosophers of science and is devoted to fundamental issues in the quantum domain. The book presents a number of discussions of experiments, theoretical puzzles and alternative interpretations, and philosophical treatments of the metaphysical foundations of science and the way these throw a scientific light on metaphysics. Hence the title: 'experimental metaphysics' is a term coined by Abner Shimony, to whom the book is dedicated. This collection of 16 scientific and philosophical essays by leading physicists, philosophers and historians of science deals with current research and the most basic issues in quantum physics.