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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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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
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Okon, Elias
Callender, Craig
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 15:20
Item ID: 5534
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5534

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