Journal Article

Some Remarks on the Foundations of Quantum Theory

E. B. Davies

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 56, issue 3, pages 521-539
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axi129
Some Remarks on the Foundations of Quantum Theory

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Mathematics

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Although many physicists have little interest in philosophical arguments about their subject, an analysis of debates about the paradoxes of quantum mechanics shows that their disagreements often depend upon assumptions about the relationship between theories and the real world. Some consider that physics is about building mathematical models which necessarily have limited domains of applicability, while others are searching for a final theory of everything, to which their favourite theory is supposed to be an approximation. We discuss some particular recent debates about quantum theory in which the underlying assumptions are not fully articulated.

Introduction

Setting the scene

The Ghirardi, Rimini and Weber theory

Quantum marbles

Radioactive decay and isomerism

The limits of quantum theory

Journal Article.  8331 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.