Foundations of Physics

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 427–448

Quantum nonlocality

  • Henry P. Stapp

DOI: 10.1007/BF00732548

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Stapp, H.P. Found Phys (1988) 18: 427. doi:10.1007/BF00732548


It is argued that the validity of the predictions of quantum theory in certain spincorrelation experiments entails a violation of Einstein's locality idea that no causal influence can act outside the forward light cone. First, two preliminary arguments suggesting such a violation are reviewed. They both depend, in intermediate stages, on the idea that the results of certain unperformed experiments are physically determinate. The second argument is entangled also with the problem of the meaning of “physical reality.” A new argument having neither of these characteristics is constructed. It is based strictly on the orthodox ideas of Bohr and Heisenberg, and has no realistic elements, or other ingredients, that are alien to orthodox quantum thinking.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry P. Stapp
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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