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The Emergence and Interpretation of Probability in Bohmian Mechanics

Callender, Craig (2007) The Emergence and Interpretation of Probability in Bohmian Mechanics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    A persistent question about the deBroglie–Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics concerns the understanding of Born’s rule in the theory. Where do the quantum mechanical probabilities come from? How are they to be interpreted? These are the problems of emergence and interpretation. In more than 50 years no consensus regarding the answers has been achieved. Indeed, mirroring the foundational disputes in statistical mechanics, the answers to each question are surprisingly diverse. This paper is an opinionated survey of this literature. While acknowledging the pros and cons of various positions, it defends particular answers to how the probabilities emerge from Bohmian mechanics and how they ought to be interpreted.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This is a slightly longer and uncorrected version of the paper published in Studies in History and Philosophy of modern Physics 38 (2007), 351-370.
    Keywords: Bohmian mechanics; quantum mechanics; probability; statistical mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Craig Callender
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4263
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4263

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