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The Problem of Molecular Structure Just Is The Measurement Problem

Franklin, Alexander and Seifert, Vanessa A. (2020) The Problem of Molecular Structure Just Is The Measurement Problem. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 1464-3537

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Abstract

Whether or not quantum physics can account for molecular structure is a matter of considerable controversy. Three of the problems raised in this regard are the problems of molecular structure. We argue that these problems are just special cases of the measurement problem of quantum mechanics: insofar as the measurement problem is solved, the problems of molecular structure are resolved as well. In addition, we explore one consequence of our argument: that claims about the reduction or emergence of molecular structure cannot be settled independently of the choice of a particular resolution to the measurement problem. Specifically, we consider how three standard putative solutions to the measurement problem inform our understanding of a molecule in isolation, as well as of chemistry’s relation to quantum physics.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Franklin, Alexanderalexander.r.franklin@kcl.ac.uk0000-0001-6034-4575
Seifert, Vanessa A.vs14902@bristol.ac.uk0000-0002-5391-0791
Keywords: Molecular Structure Measurement Problem Quantum Mechanics Symmetry Breaking Hund's paradox Emergence Reduction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr Alexander Franklin
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 05:06
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 05:06
Item ID: 18380
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2 October 2020
ISSN: 1464-3537
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18380

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