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 The world according to quantum mechanics

Frank Arntzenius

in Space, Time, and Stuff

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696604
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.003.0003
 The world according to quantum mechanics

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This chapter discusses which quantities one should take to be fundamental in quantum mechanics. Five views are discussed: ‘configuration space realism’, ‘wave-function amplitude realism’, ‘density operator realism’, ‘Heisenberg operator realism’, and ‘flash-realism’. Arguments are given in favour of ‘Heisenberg operator realism’ which, contrary to perceived wisdom, makes quantum mechanics an entirely separable and local theory.

Keywords: configuration space; fundamental; locality; quantum mechanics; realism; separability; wave-functions

Chapter.  21993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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