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The Paradox of Measurement

David Wallace

in The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199546961
eISBN:
9780191741418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

After an initial discussion of the general aims of scientific theories, the quantum measurement problem is presented. Non-Everettian solutions to the problem are briefly discussed; the aim of the ... More


Skeletons in the cupboard

A. J. Leggett

in The Problems of Physics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199211241
eISBN:
9780191706837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211241.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter discusses three fundamental questions which the majority of the physics community believes are not worthy of attention and a minority believes are crucial and in urgent need of ... More


A Brief Introduction

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discuses two stock examples of quantum interference effects — the two-slit experiment and the Wigner's Stern–Gerlach experiment. It notes that each experiment shows the sort of quantum ... More


The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Jeffrey A. Barrett

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book presents the most comprehensive study yet of a problem that has puzzled physicists and philosophers since the 1930s. The standard theory of quantum mechanics is in one sense the most ... More


Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View

Bas C. van Fraassen

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198239802
eISBN:
9780191597466
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198239807.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

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 ... More


Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Christopher G. Timpson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199296460
eISBN:
9780191741791
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296460.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book is a conceptual analysis of quantum information theory and the questions it raises for our understanding of the quantum world. Beginning from a detailed analysis of the concepts of ... More


The Quantum Measurement Problem

Jeffrey A. Barrett

in The Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198844686
eISBN:
9780191889196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198844686.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

We use the Wigner’s friend story to characterize the quantum measurement problem. On the standard formulation of quantum mechanics, whether a physical system is measured determines which of the ... More


The Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Jeffrey A. Barrett

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198844686
eISBN:
9780191889196
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198844686.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The book starts with a description of classical mechanics then discusses the quantum phenomena that require us to give up our commonsense classical intuitions. We consider the physical and conceptual ... More


Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates

Jeffrey Bub

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198718536
eISBN:
9780191819643
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718536.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The fascinating discoveries of the new fields of quantum information, quantum computation, and quantum cryptography are brought to life in this book in a way that is accessible and interesting to a ... More


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