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Context, spacetime loops and the interpretation of quantum mechanics

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Three postulates are discussed: first that well-defined properties cannot be assigned to an isolated system, second that quantum unitary evolution is atemporal, and third that some physical processes are never reversed. It is argued that these give useful insight into quantum behaviour. The first postulate emphasizes the fundamental role in physics of interactions and correlations, as opposed to internal properties of systems. Statements about physical interactions can only be framed in a con...

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10.1088/1751-8113/40/12/S21

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atomic and Laser Physics
Journal:
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS A-MATHEMATICAL AND THEORETICAL
Volume:
40
Issue:
12
Pages:
3223-3243
Publication date:
2007-03-23
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EISSN:
1751-8121
ISSN:
1751-8113
URN:
uuid:9d6585ae-0854-4cc5-bb27-76f4a1a8af4f
Source identifiers:
16116
Local pid:
pubs:16116
Language:
English

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