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The Consistent Histories Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

MacKinnon, Edward (2009) The Consistent Histories Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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      Abstract

      The consistent histories reformulation of quantum mechanics was developed by Robert Griffiths, given a formal logical systematization by Roland Omn\`{e}s, and under the label `decoherent histories', was independently developed by Murray Gell-Mann and James Hartle and extended to quantum cosmology. Criticisms of CH involve issues of meaning, truth, objectivity, and coherence, a mixture of philosophy and physics. We will briefly consider the original formulation of CH and some basic objections. The reply to these objections, like the objections themselves, involves a mixture of physics and philosophy. These replies support an evaluation of the CH formulation as a replacement for the measurement, or orthodox, interpretation.


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      Item Type: Preprint
      Keywords: quantum mechanics, physics interpretation, consistent histories
      Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
      Depositing User: Edward MacKinnon
      Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2009
      Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
      Item ID: 4549
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4549

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