Why QBism Is Not the Copenhagen Interpretation and What John Bell Might Have Thought of It

  • N. David MerminEmail author
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


Christopher Fuchs and Rüdiger Schack have developed a way of understanding science, which, among other things, resolves many of the conceptual puzzles of quantum mechanics that have vexed people for the past nine decades. They call it QBism. I speculate on how John Bell might have reacted to QBism, and I explain the many ways in which QBism differs importantly from the orthodox ways of thinking about quantum mechanics associated with the term “Copenhagen interpretation.”


Quantum Mechanic Quantum State External World Bohmian Mechanic Copenhagen Interpretation 
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I am grateful to Chris Fuchs and Rüdiger Schack for their patient willingness to continue our arguments about QBism, in spite of my inability to get their point for many years. And I thank them both for their comments on earlier versions of this text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State PhysicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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