Might god toss coins?
- Philip PearleAffiliated withMathematical Institute
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In the problem of the gambler's ruin, a classic problem in probability theory, a number of gamblers play against each other until all but one of them is “wiped out.” It is shown that this problem is identical to a previously presented formulation of the reduction of the state vector, so that the state vectors in a linear superposition may be regarded as “playing” against each other until all but one of them is “wiped out.” This is a useful part of the description of an objectively real universe represented by a state vector that is a superposition of macroscopically distinguishable states dynamically created by the Hamiltonian and destroyed by the reduction mechanism.
- Might god toss coins?
Foundations of Physics
Volume 12, Issue 3 , pp 249-263
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- 1. Mathematical Institute, 24–29 St. Giles, OX1 3LB, Oxford, England