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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
Myrvold, Wayne C.
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 15:19
Item ID: 5335

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