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The (Quantum) Measurement Problem in Classical Mechanics

de Ronde, Christian (2020) The (Quantum) Measurement Problem in Classical Mechanics. [Preprint]

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In this work we analyze the deep link between the 20th Century positivist re-foundation of physics and the famous measurement problem of quantum mechanics. We attempt to show why this is not an “obvious” nor “self evident” problem for the theory of quanta, but rather a direct consequence of the empirical-positivist understanding of physical theories when applied to the orthodox quantum formalism. In contraposition, we discuss a representational realist account of both physical ‘theories’ and ‘measurement’ which goes back to the works of Einstein, Heisenberg and Pauli. After presenting a critical analysis of Bohr’s definitions of ‘measurement’ we continue to discuss the way in which several contemporary approaches to QM —such as decoherence, modal interpretations and QBism— remain committed to Bohr’s general methodology. Finally, in order to expose the many inconsistencies present within the (empirical-positivist) presuppositions responsible for creating the quantum measurement problem, we show how through these same set of presuppositions it is easy to derive a completely analogous paradox for the case of classical mechanics.

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Item Type: Preprint
de Ronde,
Keywords: Keywords: Measurement problem, positivism, Bohr, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2020 10:21
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2020 10:21
Item ID: 16779
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 1 January 2020

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