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Measurement Theory and Biology

  • Martin A. Garstens

Abstract

Although this gathering is concerned with many aspects of Biology, including the philosophical and the historical, I think it fair to say that the central and crucial problem we are trying to face is whether some general theory, outlook or perspective can be attained which will win the following of legitimate, practicing biologists in the sense of being fruitfully useful and acceptable to them in an operational way. Such an outlook has certainly been lacking in the past. It is my belief that a discussion of the measurement process and its relation with the basic problems in statistical mechanics can suggest the directions of such a perspective and theory. Biological theory must in some sense be a mixture of the macroscopic and the microscopic, where statistical mechanics of great subtlety and complexity plays an important role.

Keywords

Wave Packet Diffuse Meaning Measurement Theory Atomic System Macroscopic Quantity 
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Notes

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    Tight rope walking.Google Scholar
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    G. Ludwig, “Axiomatic Quantum Statistics of Macroscopic Systems,” in Ergodic Theories, Academic Press, pp. 57, 59, 1961.Google Scholar
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    A. Daneri, A. Loinger, G. M. Prosperi, Nuclear Physics 33, 297, 1962, L. Rosenfeld, Nordita 1965.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin A. Garstens
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MarylandUSA
  2. 2.Office of Naval ResearchUSA

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