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Interpretive Analogies Between Quantum and Statistical Mechanics

McCoy, C.D. (2020) Interpretive Analogies Between Quantum and Statistical Mechanics. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 10. ISSN 1879-4912

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Abstract

The conspicuous similarities between interpretive strategies in classical statistical mechanics and in quantum mechanics may be grounded on their employment of common implementations of probability. The objective probabilities which represent the underlying stochasticity of these theories can be naturally associated with three of their common formal features: initial conditions, dynamics, and observables. Various well-known interpretations of the two theories line up with particular choices among these three ways of implementing probability. This perspective has significant application to debates on primitive ontology and to the quantum measurement problem.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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McCoy, C.D.casey.mccoy@yonsei.ac.kr0000-0002-7921-4911
Keywords: quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, probability, measurement problem, primitive ontology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 05:19
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2020 05:19
Item ID: 16952
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-019-0268-2
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 10 January 2020
Volume: 10
ISSN: 1879-4912
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16952

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