The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Editors: Dieks, Dennis, Vermaas, Pieter E. (Eds.)

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According to the modal interpretation, the standard mathematical framework of quantum mechanics specifies the physical magnitudes of a system, which have definite values. Probabilities are assigned to the possible values that these magnitudes may adopt. The interpretation is thus concerned with physical properties rather than with measurement results: it is a realistic interpretation (in the sense of scientific realism). One of the notable achievements of this interpretation is that it dissolves the notorious measurement problem.
The papers collected here, together with the introduction and concluding critical appraisal, explain the various forms of the modal interpretation, survey its achievements, and discuss those problems that have yet to be solved.
Audience: Philosophers of science, theoretical physicists, and graduate students in these disciplines.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dieks, Dennis (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Lorentz-Invariance in Modal Interpretations

    Dickson, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 9-47

  • Locality and Lorentz-Covariance in the Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

    Dieks, Dennis

    Pages 49-67

  • Valuations on Functionally Closed Sets of Quantum Mechanical Observables and Von Neumann’s ‘No-Hidden-Variables’ Theorem

    Zimba, Jason (et al.)

    Pages 69-101

  • The Pros and Cons of the Kochen-Dieks and the Atomic Modal Interpretation

    Vermaas, Pieter E.

    Pages 103-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Editors
  • Dennis Dieks
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
60
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5084-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5084-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5207-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-6135-3
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 381
Topics