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An Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

An Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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While it is not easy in quantum mechanics to construct a picture in space and time, the branched model provides both a picture and an explanation of some of the features of quantum mechanics that have up to now resisted attempts to understand them. This chapter focuses on the interpretation of quantum mechanics through the branched model. The branched interpretation is an interpretation, not a new quantum theory, and does not replace the elegant theoretical apparatus of state vectors and operators in Hilbert space that are used to calculate and predict quantum probabilities. The interpretation is via the concept of probability, this concept having both a theoretical and an ontological aspect.

Keywords: quantum mechanics; branched model; interpretation; quantum probabilities; proportionality; probability values

Chapter.  21001 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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