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Can We Quarantine the Quantum Blight?

Craig Callender

in Scientific Realism and the Quantum

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198814979
eISBN:
9780191852817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814979.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

In the science fiction novel Quarantine, Greg Egan imagines a universe where interactions with human observers collapse quantum wavefunctions. Aliens, unable to collapse wavefunctions, tire of being ... More


Frontiers of Physics

Nicholas Manton and Nicholas Mee

in The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198795933
eISBN:
9780191837111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795933.003.0016
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

Despite the overwhelming successes of modern physics, there are questions that remain to be answered and these are considered in the final chapter. The interpretation of quantum mechanics is ... More


Wave Function Realism in a Relativistic Setting

Alyssa Ney

in The Foundation of Reality: Fundamentality, Space, and Time

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198831501
eISBN:
9780191869273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831501.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The purpose of the present chapter is to respond to a thread of recent criticism against one candidate framework for interpreting quantum theories, a framework introduced and defended by David Albert ... More


Issues arising from quantum physics

Andrew Briggs, Hans Halvorson, and Andrew Steane

in It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy and Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198808282
eISBN:
9780191866944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808282.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The unresolved problem of the physical interpretation of quantum theory is laid out, and comments on existing attempts to solve it are given. The chapter then discusses ways in which the quantum ... More


Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey, and Timothy McDevitt

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807087
eISBN:
9780191844850
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807087.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, History of Physics

Theoretical physics and foundations of physics have not made much progress in the last few decades. There is no consensus among researchers on how to approach unifying general relativity and quantum ... More


The Tourist Paradox

Nikk Effingham

in Time Travel: Probability and Impossibility

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198842507
eISBN:
9780191878480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198842507.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

We may think that the lack of time travellers from the future is evidence that time travel is physically impossible. This is the ‘Tourist Paradox’. After the chapter introduces the paradox, and ... More


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