Journal Entry

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

And while I'm on physics...

Here are some interpretations of quantum mechanics.

Quite enough fiction has been written based on (mostly as a plot device) the Many Worlds and (mostly as a metaphor) the Wavefunction Collapse models.

I am declaring a moratorium.

From now on, please write stories based on the Copenhagen, State Reflects Observer's Knowledge,
Pilot Wave, and (the coolest) Transactional models.

Posted by benrosen at May 17, 2005 03:33 PM | Up to blog

How is "State Reflects Observer's Knowledge" different from the (debunked, I thought I heard somewhere) "Hidden Variables" interpretation?

Posted by: David Moles at May 17, 2005 03:28 PM

You got me. Let's wait for someone with some physics clue to drop by and tell us.

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at May 17, 2005 03:34 PM

Experiments based on John Bell's inequalities have established that hidden variable theories must be non-local. This means that a hidden variable theory must allow the existence of the instantaneous transfer of information between distant particles. There is a minority view that the experiments did not show this, due to biases in the assumptions. However non-local hidden variable interpretations such as pilot wave or Bohm are not precluded.

Posted by: Michael Musson at May 17, 2005 10:29 PM

Thanks, Michael!

I love the web. :-)

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at May 18, 2005 11:17 AM

I blogged an idle thought (I have no other kind of thought, so please accept this comment as a disclaimer that I apply any kind of rigor to my thinking in any way at all) about the transactional model. Link:

Posted by: Matt Hulan at May 23, 2005 05:08 PM

Some people are on crack. Ben is on physics. Explains a lot.

Posted by: SarahP at May 31, 2005 04:21 PM
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