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Does probabilism solve the great quantum mystery?

Maxwell, N; (2004) Does probabilism solve the great quantum mystery? Theoria , 19/3 (51) 321 - 336. Green open access

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Abstract

What sort of entities are electrons, photons and atoms given their wave-like and particle-like properties? Is nature fundamentally deterministic or probabilistic? Orthodox quantum theory (OQT) evades answering these two basic questions by being a theory about the results of performing measurements on quantum systems. But this evasion results in OQT being a seriously defective theory. A rival, somewhat ignored strategy is to conjecture that the quantum domain is fundamentally probabilistic. This means quantum entities, interacting with one another probabilistically, must differ radically from the entities of deterministic classical physics, the classical wave or particle. It becomes possible to conceive of quantum entities as a new kind of fundamentally probabilistic entity, the “propensiton”, neither wave nor particle. A fully micro realistic, testable rival to OQT results.

Type: Article
Title: Does probabilism solve the great quantum mystery?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
Language: English
Additional information: Full text made available here under the terms of a Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Generic http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/deed.en
Keywords: Philosophy of Science, Quantum Theory, Realism, Probabilism, Wave/Particle Dilemma, Propensities
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/105632
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