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An argument against the realistic interpretation of the wave function

ROVELLI, Carlo (2015) An argument against the realistic interpretation of the wave function. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Testable predictions of quantum mechanics are invariant under time reversal. But the change of the quantum state in time is not so, neither in the collapse nor in the no-collapse interpretations of the theory. This fact challenges the realistic interpretation of the quantum state. On the other hand, this fact follows easily if we interpret the quantum state as a mere calculation device, bookkeeping past real quantum events. The same conclusion follows from the analysis of the meaning of the wave function in the semiclassical regime.


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ROVELLI, Carlorovelli@cpt.univ-mrs.fr
Keywords: Interpretation of the quantum state, quantum events, relational interpretation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Carlo ROVELLI
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2015 14:17
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2015 14:17
Item ID: 11633
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 22 August 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11633

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