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Interpretive analogies between quantum and statistical mechanics

Authors
  • McCoy, C. D.1
  • 1 Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden , Stockholm (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Jan 10, 2020
Volume
10
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13194-019-0268-2
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The conspicuous similarities between interpretive strategies in classical statistical mechanics and in quantum mechanics may be grounded on their employment of common implementations of probability. The objective probabilities which represent the underlying stochasticity of these theories can be naturally associated with three of their common formal features: initial conditions, dynamics, and observables. Various well-known interpretations of the two theories line up with particular choices among these three ways of implementing probability. This perspective has significant application to debates on primitive ontology and to the quantum measurement problem.

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