Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 244, Issue 1–2, pp 313–319 | Cite as

Time anisotropy and quantum measurement: Clues for transcending the geometric picture of time

  • Avshalom C. Elitzur
Session 6. Nuclear and Particle Physics


The yet-unknown origin of the various manifest time asymmetries seems to be related to another persistent problem, namely, the lack of a satisfactory explanation for the presumed “collapse of the wave function” in quantum mechanics. An experiment is proposed to test some hypotheses concernign both quantum collapse and the origin of time asymmetries.


Anisotropy Wave Function Quantum Mechanic Quantum Measurement Satisfactory Explanation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avshalom C. Elitzur
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  1. 1.School of Physics and Astronomy The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact SciencesTel-Aviv UniversityIsrael

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