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When is a Statistical Theory Causal?

  • Trevor W. Marshall
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 10)

Abstract

It is shown that Laplace defined the concept of causality rather than determinism, and that the former concept is compatible with, and indeed demands, a stochastic description of the interaction of a system with its environment. We examine a number of statistical physical theories, both classical and quantum, to see whether they conform with the Laplacian notion of causality. We conclude that all formulations of quantum theory, including those of Bohm and of Nelson, are acausal.

Keywords

Phase Space Stochastic Differential Equation Weak Locality Phase Space Density Stochastic Description 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Trevor W. Marshall
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  1. 1.ManchesterUK

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