Quantum Mechanics Versus Local Realism

The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox

  • Franco Selleri

Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 63-85
  3. Augusto Garuccio
    Pages 87-113
  4. Franco Selleri
    Pages 149-174
  5. C. Dewdney, P. R. Holland
    Pages 301-325
  6. Miguel Ferrero, Trevor Marshall, Emilio Santos
    Pages 447-456
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 457-461

About this book


If you have two small objects, one here on Earth and the other on the planet Pluto, what would you say of the following statement: No modification of the properties of the object on the earth can take place as a consequence of an interaction of the distant object with a third body also located on Pluto? The opinion that the previous statement is correct is very natural, but modern quantum theory implies that it must be wrong in certain cases. Consider in fact two arbitrary objects separated by such a large distance that they are unable to exert any important mutual influence. It is possible to show rigorously that a measurable physical quantity exists, with a value more than 40% different from the value theoretically predicted by quantum mechanics. Necessarily then, either space is largely an illusion of our senses and it does not exist objectively, or information can be sent from the future to the past, or ... something important has to be changed in modern physics. This is the essence of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox. A paradox is an argument that derives absurd conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises. In the case of the EPR paradox the absurd conclusion is that Bell's observable d should have two different values d = 2.Ji and The "acceptable premises" are the following: 1. All the empirical predictions of the existing quantum theory are correct.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Franco Selleri
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BariBariItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-8776-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-8774-9
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