Interpretive analogies between quantum and statistical mechanics

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Thanks to Bryan Roberts, Mikl?s R?dei, and John Dougherty for valuable discussions related to this paper. Some of this material was presented at a meeting of the Sigma Club in London and at the Sixth European Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting in Exeter; I thank the audiences at these talks, as well as this journal?s referees for their comments and suggestions.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History and Philosophy of Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Interpretive analogies between quantum and statistical mechanics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this