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The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum physics

Briggs, G A D and Butterfield, J and Zeilinger, A (2013) The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum physics. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) A, A 469. pp. 20130299-20130307.

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Abstract

The twentieth century saw two fundamental revolutions in physics—relativity and quantum. Daily use of these theories can numb the sense of wonder at their immense empirical success. Does their instrumental effectiveness stand on the rock of secure concepts or the sand of unresolved fundamentals? Does measuring a quantum system probe, or even create, reality, or merely change belief? Must relativity and quantum theory just co-exist or might we find a new theory which unifies the two? To bring such questions into sharper focus, we convened a conference on 'Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality'. Some issues remain as controversial as ever, but some are being nudged by theory’s secret weapon of experiment.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Briggs, G A Dandrew.briggs@materials.ox.ac.uk
Butterfield, Jjb56@cam.ac.uk
Zeilinger, Azeilina6@univie.ac.at
Additional Information: Also available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.1310
Keywords: foundations, relativity, reality, measurement, collapse, Polkinghorne
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 11:48
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 11:48
Item ID: 9865
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) A
Publisher: Royal Society (London)
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1098/rspa.2013.0299
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: July 2013
Page Range: pp. 20130299-20130307
Volume: A 469
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9865

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