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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 390–417 | Cite as

Rovelli’s World

  • Bas C. van Fraassen
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Abstract

Carlo Rovelli’s inspiring “Relational Quantum Mechanics” serves several aims at once: it provides a new vision of what the world of quantum mechanics is like, and it offers a program to derive the theory’s formalism from a set of simple postulates pertaining to information processing. I propose here to concentrate entirely on the former, to explore the world of quantum mechanics as Rovelli depicts it. It is a fascinating world in part because of Rovelli’s reliance on the information-theory approach to the foundations of quantum mechanics, and in part because its presentation involves taking sides on a fundamental divide within philosophy itself.

Keywords

Carlo Rovelli Einstein–Podolski–Rosen Quantum information Relational quantum mechanics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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