Feynman Paths and Quantum Entanglement: Is There Any More to the Mystery

  • John Stachel
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 194)


In his book More Than One Mystery,1 Mark Silverman takes issue with Feynman’s claim that “in reality it [the phenomenon of electron self-interference] contains the only mystery [of quantum mechanics]2. Silverman objects that: “As one directs attention away from systems of single particles to systems of correlated particles or particles and space together, other mysteries equally profound arise”, going on to list three such phenomena in support of his claim that:

There is more than one mystery in the singular and intriguing world of quantum mechanics:
  1. 1)

    The counter-intuitive, long range influence of one object on another, such as first underscored by Einstein;

  2. 2)

    The perplexing (from the standpoint of interpretation) physical influence of spatial topology in the nonlocal interaction of charged matter with electromagnetic fields, as emphasized by Aharonov and Bohm;

  3. 3)

    The strange connection between spin and statistics...



Configuration Space Homotopy Class Quantum Entanglement Probability Amplitude Identical Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Stachel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für WissenschaftsgeschichteDeutschland

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