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Developments in Quantum Probability and the Copenhagen Approach

Jaeger, Gregg (2018) Developments in Quantum Probability and the Copenhagen Approach. Entropy, 20. pp. 1-19.

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In the Copenhagen approach to quantum mechanics as characterized by Heisenberg, probabilities relate to the statistics of measurement outcomes on ensembles of systems and to individual measurement events via the actualization of quantum potentiality. Here, brief summaries are given of a series of key results of different sorts that have been obtained since the final elements of the Copenhagen interpretation were offered and it was explicitly named so by Heisenberg—in particular, results from the investigation of the behavior of quantum probability since that time, the mid-1950s. This review shows that these developments have increased the value to physics of notions characterizing the approach which were previously either less precise or mainly symbolic in character, including complementarity, indeterminism, and unsharpness.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Jaeger, Greggjaeger@bu.edu0000-0002-5725-6491
Keywords: quantum probability; potentiality; complementarity; uncertainty relations; Copenhagen interpretation; indefiniteness; indeterminism; causation; randomness
Depositing User: Dr. Gregg Jaeger
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 12:30
Item ID: 15857
Journal or Publication Title: Entropy
Publisher: MDPI
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Date: 31 May 2018
Page Range: pp. 1-19
Volume: 20

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