The Quantum Wave Function Isn't Real

The Institute of Art and Ideas (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this popular article, I suggest that the task of interpreting quantum mechanics becomes easier if we reject the view that the quantum universe must be described by a wave function. We should zoom out from the wave function and represent the universe with something more coarse-grained, one that naturally arises from considerations about the Past Hypothesis. The new proposal is called the Wentaculus.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Quantum Mechanics in a Time-Asymmetric Universe: On the Nature of the Initial Quantum State.Eddy Keming Chen - 2021 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 72 (4):1155–1183.
The Past Hypothesis and the Nature of Physical Laws.Eddy Keming Chen - 2023 - In Barry Loewer, Brad Weslake & Eric B. Winsberg (eds.), The Probability Map of the Universe: Essays on David Albert’s _time and Chance_. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. pp. 204-248.
Realism about the wave function.Eddy Keming Chen - 2019 - Philosophy Compass 14 (7):e12611.
Does the quantum mechanical wave function exist?Claus Kiefer - 2019 - Philosophical Problems in Science 66:111-128.

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-11-08

Downloads
330 (#58,021)

6 months
110 (#32,649)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Eddy Keming Chen
University of California, San Diego

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references