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P.J.E. Peebles

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691209821

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691209821.001.0001

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Measurement Theory

Measurement Theory

(p.231) Chapter 4 Measurement Theory
Quantum Mechanics

P.J.E. Peebles

Princeton University Press

This chapter reviews measurement theory in quantum mechanics. The measurement prescription in quantum mechanics can be stated in a few lines and has found an enormous range of applications, in all of which it has proved to be consistent with logic and experimental tests. However, the implications seem so bizarre that people such as Albert Einstein and Eugene Wigner have argued that the theory cannot be physically complete as its stands. The chapter then extends the prescription to the case where the state vector is not known. It also discusses some of the “paradoxes” of quantum mechanics. Finally, the chapter presents Bell's theorem, which shows that there cannot be a local underlying deterministic theory for which quantum mechanics plays the role of a statistical approximation.

Keywords:   measurement theory, quantum mechanics, state vector, Bell's theorem, statistical approximation

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