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The Measurement Problem

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters: Consciousness and Choice in a Quantum World

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198240686
eISBN:
9780191680236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The state function expresses information only hypothetically, concerning what will be disclosed if a measurement is made. Further, the result of a measurement is generally a sudden partly ... More


Composite Systems, Interaction, and Measurement

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198239802
eISBN:
9780191597466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198239807.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The three main issues in the foundations of quantum theory are measurement, non‐locality, and identical particles (quantum statistics). All of these pertain to the relations between different parts ... More


Everett and Wheeler: the Untold Story

Peter Byrne

in Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199560561
eISBN:
9780191721380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.003.0021
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

In the beginning, Wheeler was Everett's champion. But in the end he rejected his proposal. This chapter tells this story and discusses the views of Bohr and others on Everett's ideas.


The Standard Formulation Of Quantum Mechanics

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/9780199247431.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter begins by discussing the foundations of Hugh Everett III's relative state theory, which he regards as a new, more general, and complete theory than the standard von Neumann–Dirac theory. ... More


Pure Wave Mechanics

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/9780198844686.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Everett thought of the quantum measurement problem as one of providing a consistent description of nested measurement. He proposed solving the measurement problem by simply supposing that all ... 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


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