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Classical Theory of Measurement: A Big Step Towards the Quantum Theory of Measurement

  • Willis E. LambJr.
  • Heidi Fearn


One of us, in previous years, has published several articles [1–8] the quantum theory of measurement. These papers have not been much quoted, perhaps because they have been difficult to understand. After a review of the history of the subject, the present paper outlines a purely classical approach to the measurement problem in nonrelativistic classical mechanics. We regard this as a very simple and trivial problem. In fact, it is so simple and trivial that no one has treated it until now. The remarkable fact is that, once one learns how to treat this completely classical problem, a literal translation of the calculation into the quantum domain provides a very fine model for the quantum theory of measurement.


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  • Heidi Fearn

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