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Time and Quantum Theory: A History and Prospectus

Pashby, Thomas (2013) Time and Quantum Theory: A History and Prospectus. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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In this paper I am concerned with analyzing in detail how ideas and expectations regarding the role of time in quantum theory arose and evolved in the early years of quantum mechanics (from 1925-27). The general theme is that expectations which seemed reasonable from the point of view
of matrix mechanics and Dirac's q-number formalism became implausible in light of Dirac-Jordan transformation theory, and were dashed by von Neumann's Hilbert space formalism which came to replace it. Nonetheless, I will identify two concerns that remain relevant today, and which blunt the
force of Hilgevoord's (2005) claim that the demand that time feature as an observable arose as the result of a simple conceptual error.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Pashby, Thomasthp11@pitt.edu
Keywords: time, quantum, Dirac, Heisenberg, Jordan
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Thomas Pashby
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 11:29
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 00:27
Item ID: 9663
Official URL: http://gravity.psu.edu/events/cosmology-time/
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 8 April 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9663

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