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Frank Arntzenius

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.001.0001

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 The world according to quantum mechanics

 The world according to quantum mechanics

(p.79) 3 The world according to quantum mechanics
Space, Time, and Stuff

Frank Arntzenius

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses which quantities one should take to be fundamental in quantum mechanics. Five views are discussed: ‘configuration space realism’, ‘wave-function amplitude realism’, ‘density operator realism’, ‘Heisenberg operator realism’, and ‘flash-realism’. Arguments are given in favour of ‘Heisenberg operator realism’ which, contrary to perceived wisdom, makes quantum mechanics an entirely separable and local theory.

Keywords:   configuration space, fundamental, locality, quantum mechanics, realism, separability, wave-functions

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