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Relativistic Quantum Becoming

Wayne C. Myrvold

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 54, issue 3, pages 475-500
Published in print September 2003 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online September 2003 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI:
Relativistic Quantum Becoming

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In a recent paper, David Albert has suggested that no quantum theory can yield a description of the world unfolding in Minkowski spacetime. This conclusion is premature; a natural extension of Stein's notion of becoming in Minkowski spacetime to accommodate the demands of quantum nonseparability yields such an account, an account that is in accord with a proposal which was made by Aharonov and Albert but which is dismissed by Albert as a ‘mere trick’. The nature of such an account is clarified by an extension to a relativistic quantum context of David Lewis' picture of objective chances evolving in time.

1 Introduction

2 Classical relativistic becoming

3 Relativistic quantum becoming, without collapse

4 Relativistic quantum becoming, with collapse

5 Objective chance, conditional probability, and definite properties

6 The nature of the wave function

7 Conclusion

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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