Foundations of Physics

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 197–213 | Cite as

On Zurek’s Derivation of the Born Rule

  • Maximilian SchlosshauerEmail author
  • Arthur Fine

Recently, W. H. Zurek presented a novel derivation of the Born rule based on a mechanism termed environment-assisted invariance, or “envariance” [W. H. Zurek, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90(2), 120404 (2003)]. We review this approach and identify fundamental assumptions that have implicitly entered into it, emphasizing issues that any such derivation is likely to face.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleWAUSA

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