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The Paradox of Measurement

David Wallace

in The Emergent Multiverse

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0002
The Paradox of Measurement

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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 discussion is to show that these solutions require significant change either to our philosophical approach to science or to quantum theory itself. In this context, the Everett interpretation is introduced and motivated as the result of simply applying our normal approach to scientific theories to the mathematical structure of quantum mechanics and following where it leads. The chapter ends with a introductory discussion of potential problems, and with references to subsequent chapters where they are discussed more fully.

Keywords: Everett interpretation; many worlds; quantum measurement problem; scientific realism

Chapter.  14107 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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