This is a list of this week’s papers on quantum foundations published in the various journals or uploaded to the preprint servers such as arxiv.org and PhilSci Archive.
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The aim of this paper is to present an analysis of the new theorem by Pusey, Barrett and Rudolph (PBR) concerning ontic and epistemic hidden variables in quantum mechanics [Nature Phys. 8, 476 (2012)]. This is a kind of review and defense of my previous critical analysis done in the context of Bohmian mechanics. This is also the occasion for me to review some of… Read more →
Although IJQF has a feed engine to search Latest Papers on Quantum Foundations worldwide and updates the list of papers daily, it is more convenient and helpful for members to upload their preprints and papers on quantum foundations in their IJQF blogs. Once these papers have been posted in the blogs, they are immediately visible to all members, and more importantly, other members can discuss… Read more →
A conference on The Philosophical Foundations of Dualities in Physics (co-organised by Elena Castellani and Dean Rickles) will take place at DILEF (Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia), via Bolognese 52, Florence, on the 15 and 16 of September, 2014. The workshop is part of a Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics special issue project on the foundations of… Read more →
James D. Malley and Arthur Fine We show that a reduced form of the structural requirements for deterministic hidden variables used in Bell–Kochen–Specker theorems is already sufficient for the no-go results. Those requirements are captured by the following principle: an observable takes a spectral value x if and only if the spectral projector associated with x takes the value 1…. Read more →
The 2nd International Topoi Conference The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics will be held at the Corpus Christi College, Oxford on 2-3 October 2014. Here are list of speakers and links to the abstracts of their talks: Keynote Speakers: Valia Allori (Northern Illinois University) – ‘Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shift’ Angelo Cei (University of Rome) – ‘Reflections on Atomism, Quantum Mechanics and Mereology’ Mauro Dorato (University of Rome)… Read more →
Paul Busch (University of York) Submitted to “90 Years of Quantum Mechanics” In 1927 quantum pioneer Werner Heisenberg formulated his famous uncertainty principle, one aspect of which concerned a trade-off between the accuracy in the measurement of one observable and the resultant necessary disturbance of another observable incompatible with the first. Here we investigate why it has taken nearly 90… Read more →
H. Dieter Zeh Submitted to “Quantum Nonlocality and Reality – 50 Years of Bell’s theorem”. For the first time I met John Bell at the Varenna conference of 1970 (d’Espagnat, 1971). I had been invited on suggestion by Eugene P. Wigner, who had already helped me to publish my first paper on the concept of what was later called decoherence… Read more →
Andrew Whitaker (Queen’s University Belfast) Submitted to “Quantum Nonlocality and Reality – 50 Years of Bell’s theorem”. John Bell lived in Ireland for only 21 years, but throughout his life he remembered his Irish upbringing with fond memories, pride and gratitude. Ireland has a very respectable tradition in physics, and particularly mathematical physics (McCartney and Whitaker 2003). As early as… Read more →
Stephen L. Adler Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA. Submitted to “Quantum Nonlocality and Reality – 50 Years of Bell’s theorem”. I briefly recall intersections of my research interests with those of John Bell. I then argue that the noise needed in theories of objective state vector reduction most likely comes from a fluctuating complex part in the… Read more →