Journal Article

Is Standard Quantum Mechanics Technologically Inadequate?

F. A. Muller and M. P. Seevinck

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 58, issue 3, pages 595-604
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axm027
Is Standard Quantum Mechanics Technologically Inadequate?

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In a recent issue of this journal, P.E. Vermaas ([2005]) claims to have demonstrated that standard quantum mechanics is technologically inadequate in that it violates the ‘technical functions condition’. We argue that this claim is false because based on a ‘narrow’ interpretation of this technical functions condition that Vermaas can only accept on pain of contradiction. We also argue that if, in order to avoid this contradiction, the technical functions condition is interpreted ‘widely’ rather than ‘narrowly’, then Vermaas, argument for his claim collapses. The conclusion is that Vermaas' claim that standard quantum mechanics is technologically inadequate evaporates. 1

Introduction

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The Narrow Interpretation

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The Wide Interpretation

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The Teleportation Scheme

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Conclusions

Journal Article.  3506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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