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Nonseparability, Classical and Quantum

Myrvold, Wayne C. (2010) Nonseparability, Classical and Quantum. [Preprint]

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    This paper examines the implications of the holonomy interpretation of classical electromagnetism. As has been argued by Richard Healey and Gordon Belot, classical electromagnetism on this interpretation evinces a form of nonseparability, something that otherwise might have been thought of as confined to non-classical physics. Consideration of the differences between this classical nonseparability and quantum nonseparability shows that the nonseparability exhibited by classical electromagnetism on the holonomy interpretation is closer to separability than might at first appear.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
    Keywords: Electromagnetism; holonomy; gauge theories; separability; locality; Humean supervenience; pointillisme.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Wayne Myrvold
    Date Deposited: 07 May 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5335
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5335

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