Von Neumann, Popper-EPR, Bohm, Bell, Aspect

  • Evert Jan Post
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 181)


The following is a conceptual survey of the history of interpretation of the Schroedinger process of quantum mechanics. The presentation is nontechnical in the sense that no explicit mathematics will be used. No disrespect intended, if essentials are discussed by lightly paraphrasing results. I confess to these shortcomings, because I really did not see any other way of disentangling this extremely convoluted and massive amount of historical material. It was a predicament of keeping track of both the trees and the forest. Names mentioned in the title are those of principal protagonists who have been active during an Odyssey which now has lasted for well over half a century. An attempt is here made at bringing out an emerging conceptual coherence if the propositions of interpretation about completeness are consistently viewed in an ensemble perspective for the Schroedinger process. The unproven and unjustifiable single-system premise, which is shared by many interpretations of the Schroedinger process, is here identified as the major obstacle preventing a delineation of previous efforts.


Hide Variable Chapter Versus Schroedinger Equation Copenhagen Interpretation Conceptual Coherence 
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Notes and References

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