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Does Probabilism Solve the Great Quantum Mystery?

Maxwell, Nicholas (2004) Does Probabilism Solve the Great Quantum Mystery? [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    What sort of entities are electrons, photons and atoms given their wave-like and particle-like properties? Is nature fundamentally deterministic or probabilistic? Orthodox quantum theory (OQT) evades answering these two basic questions by being a theory about the results of performing measurements on quantum systems. But this evasion results in OQT being a seriously defective theory. A rival, somewhat ignored strategy is to conjecture that the quantum domain is fundamentally probabilistic. This means quantum entities, interacting with one another probabilistically, must differ radically from the entities of deterministic classical physics, the classical wave or particle. It becomes possible to conceive of quantum entities as a new kind of fundamentally probabilistic entity, the “propensiton”, neither wave nor particle. A testable rival to OQT results.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Quantum theory, probabilism, propensity, wave/particle dilemma, realism, interpretation, testability, crucial experiment, measurement problem, orthodox interpretation, interaction.
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1704
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1704

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