By Pieter E. Vermaas

ISBN-10: 0521675677

ISBN-13: 9780521675673

Modal interpretations offer a normal framework in which quantum mechanics will be regarded as a idea that describes truth when it comes to actual structures owning yes homes. Modal interpretations are particularly new makes an attempt to offer quantum mechanics as a conception which, like different actual theories, describes an observer-independent fact. during this ebook, Pieter Vermaas information the result of this paintings. He offers either an obtainable survey and a scientific reference paintings approximately the right way to comprehend quantum mechanics utilizing a modal interpretation. The e-book could be of significant price to undergraduates, graduate scholars and researchers in philosophy of technological know-how and physics departments with an curiosity in studying approximately modal interpretations of quantum mechanics.

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For a further discussion, see Reeder (1998), for instance. 3 Demands, criteria and assumptions 29 now choose to describe them in terms of the ascribed properties. 2). More precisely, I describe the state of affairs SoAj as follows: A determination of the properties of a system a is according to my starting points equivalent to an assignment of the value 0 or 1 to a number of the eigenprojections of the magnitudes of a. These eigenprojections are projections on the Hilbert space Jf a associated with a.

The property ascriptions by the bi, spectral and atomic modal interpretations are now all implicitly definable from the states of systems, and this distinguishes them from the modal interpretations by Van Fraassen and by Bub. This common feature of the bi, spectral and atomic modal interpretations means that they form a programme towards an interpretation of quantum mechanics which stays close to quantum mechanics. That is, these interpretations ascribe properties to systems which are fixed by the states of the systems themselves.

2 The need for an interpretation 17 entities that exist independently of us. Newtonian mechanics, for instance, is usually understood and explained as a theory about the properties that objects like apples, billiard balls and planets have independently of us. An ontological agnostic can now be interested in an interpretation of quantum mechanics in order to also understand and explain quantum mechanics in this way: namely, in terms of a description of the properties of hypothetical objects named photons, electrons, etc.

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