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Commentary on “Can We Consider Quantum Mechanics to Be a Description of Reality?”, by Herve Zwirn

  • Soazig Le Bihan
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 255)

In this paper, Hervé Zwirn rightly reminds us that any attempt to recover a “classical” picture of the world through the interpretation of quantum mechanics is a dead end. The EPR-Bell adventure has taught us that no local theory, which assigns non-contextual determinate values to all observables of a system, can return all the (empirically well-confirmed) statistical predictions of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics cannot be interpreted as describing a “classical” world in that sense, i.e., a world constituted of independent systems that interact locally and which have determinate properties evolving deterministically in space and time.

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Quantum Theory Fundamental Theory Measurement Problem Scientific Realism Superposition State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soazig Le Bihan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.LPHS – Archives Henri PoincaréNancyFrance
  2. 2.Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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