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Weekly Papers on Quantum Foundations (13)

Decoherence and Determinism in a One-Dimensional Cloud-Chamber Model  Latest Results for Foundations of Physics on 2018-4-01 12:00am GMT Abstract The hypothesis (Sparenberg et al. in EPJ Web Conf 58:01016, [1]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/20135801016) that the particular linear tracks appearing in the measurement of a spherically-emitting radioactive source in a cloud chamber are determined by the (random) positions of atoms or molecules inside the… Read more →

Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced

Theoretical physics and foundations of physics have not made much progress in the last few decades. Whether we are talking about unifying general relativity and quantum field theory (quantum gravity), explaining so-called dark energy and dark matter (cosmology), or the interpretation and implications of quantum mechanics and relativity, there is no consensus in sight. In addition, both enterprises are deeply… Read more →

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50 years in the Landau Institute environment. (arXiv:1810.04447v5 [physics.hist-ph] UPDATED)  physics.hist-ph updates on arXiv.org on 2018-10-20 1:07am GMT Authors: G.E. Volovik Khalatnikov created the unique Institute, where practically all the important areas of theoretical physics have been represented, opening the broad way for collaboration. Here I discuss the influence of the multilayer environment of Landau Institute on my work during 50… Read more →

International Workshop on “The Meaning of the Wave Function”

We are delighted to announce that the International Workshop on “The Meaning of the Wave Function” will be held at Shanxi University, Taiyuan (also known as the Dragon City), China, from October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018. The workshop is organized by the Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology of Shanxi University. The meaning of the wave function… Read more →

The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics

Reviewed by Peter J. Lewis, Dartmouth College Shan Gao (2017), The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Shan Gao has written an exemplary book on the nature of the wave function—its theoretical role, the ontology it represents, and how understanding this ontology can contribute to solving the measurement problem…. Read more →

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On the Nature of Discrete Space-Time: The distance formula, relativistic time dilation and length contraction in discrete space-time. (arXiv:1803.03126v1 [physics.gen-ph])  gr-qc updates on arXiv.org on 2018-3-10 1:42am GMT Authors: David Crouse, Joseph Skufca In this work, the relativistic phenomena of Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction and time dilation are derived using a modified distance formula that is appropriate for discrete space. This new distance formula… Read more →

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This is a list of this week’s papers on quantum foundations published in various journals or uploaded to preprint servers such as arxiv.org and PhilSci Archive. Against free will in the contemporary natural sciences  Philsci-Archive: No conditions. Results ordered -Date Deposited. on 2016-12-24 5:33am GMT López-Corredoira, Martín (2016) Against free will in the contemporary natural sciences. [Published Article or Volume]… Read more →

Weekly Papers on Quantum Foundations (32)

This is a list of this week’s papers on quantum foundations published in various journals or uploaded to preprint servers such as arxiv.org and PhilSci Archive. Fluid Dynamics and Entropic Gravity. (arXiv:1608.00144v2 [hep-th] UPDATED) hep-th updates on arXiv.org on 2016-8-06 8:12am GMT Authors: Ian Nagle A new entropic gravity inspired derivation of general relativity from thermodynamics is presented. This generalizes, within… Read more →

Weekly Papers on Quantum Foundations (29)

This is a list of this week’s papers on quantum foundations published in various journals or uploaded to preprint servers such as arxiv.org and PhilSci Archive. The Effects of Minimal Length, Maximal Momentum and Minimal Momentum in Entropic Force. (arXiv:1607.04114v1 [hep-th])  hep-th updates on arXiv.org on 2016-7-16 5:23pm GMT Authors: Zhong-Wen Feng, Shu-Zheng Yang, Hui-Ling Li, Xiao-Tao Zu In this paper, the modified entropic… Read more →