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Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View

Bas C. van Fraassen


Quantum theory was developed in response to a welter of new experimental phenomena, yet appeared to depict a world so esoteric as to be literally unimaginable. Interpretation of the theory became feasible only after von Neumann's theoretical unification, but von Neumann's own interpretation astonishingly implied that in measurement something happens that violates Schroedinger's equation, the theory's cornerstone. This book argues first of all that the phenomena themselves, without theoretical motives, suffice to eliminate ’common cause’ models, thus requiring a radical departure from classical ... More

Keywords: Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen paradox, identical particles, interpretation, modal interpretation, John von Neumann, philosophy of physics, Philosophy of science, quantum measurement problem, quantum statistics, quantum theory, Erwin Schroedinger, Schroedinger's equation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198239807.001.0001


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Bas C. van Fraassen, author
Princeton University
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