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Does Quantum Mechanics Clash with the Equivalence Principle – and Does it Matter?

Okon, Elias and Callender, Craig (2010) Does Quantum Mechanics Clash with the Equivalence Principle – and Does it Matter? [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    With an eye on developing a quantum theory of gravity, many physicists have recently searched for quantum challenges to the equivalence principle of general relativity. However, as historians and philosophers of science are well aware, the principle of equivalence is not so clear. When clarified, we think quantum tests of the equivalence principle won’t yield much. The problem is that the clash/not-clash is either already evident or guaranteed not to exist. Nonetheless, this work does help teach us what it means for a theory to be geometric.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: equivalence principle; quantum gravity; geometry, general relativity; quantum mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Craig Callender
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:20
    Item ID: 5534
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5534

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