The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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Dennis Dieks, Pieter E. Vermaas
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 1998 - Science - 381 pages
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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.
 

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LORENTZINVARIANCE IN MODAL INTERPRETATIONS
9
LOCALITY AND LORENTZCOVARIANCE IN THE MODAL INTERPRETATION OF QUANTUM MECHANICS
49
VALUATIONS ON FUNCTIONALLY CLOSED SETS OF QUANTUM MECHANICAL OBSERVABLES AND VON NEUMANNS NOHIDDENVA...
69
THE PROS AND CONS OF THE KOCHENDIEKS AND THE ATOMIC MODAL INTERPRETATION
103
PROJECTION OPERATORS PROPERTIES AND IDEMPOTENT VARIABLES IN THE MODAL INTERPRETATIONS
149
BOHMBELL DYNAMICS IN THE MODAL INTERPRETATION
177
DISCONTINUITY AND CONTINUITY OF DEFINITE PROPERTIES IN THE MODAL INTERPRETATION
213
HOW CLOSE IS CLOSE ENOUGH?
223
DECOHERENCE IN BOHMIAN MODAL INTERPRETATIONS
241
QUANTUM HISTORIES IN THE MODAL INTERPRETATION
253
REMARKS ON UNSHARP QUANTUM OBSERVABLES OBJECTIFICATION AND MODAL INTERPRETATIONS
279
ARE SHARP VALUES OF OBSERVABLES ALWAYS OBJECTIVE ELEMENTS OF REALITY?
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QUANTUMMECHANICAL SELFMEASUREMENT
307
THE BARE THEORY AND HOW TO FIX IT
319
A PERSONAL EVALUATION OF MODAL INTERPRETATIONS
337
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