Does quantum mechanics clash with the equivalence principle—and does it matter?

With an eye on developing a quantum theory of gravity, many physicists have recently searched for quantum challenges to the equivalence principle of general relativity. However, as historians and philosophers of science are well aware, the principle of equivalence is not so clear. When clarified, we think quantum tests of the equivalence principle won’t yield much. The problem is that the clash/not-clash is either already evident or guaranteed not to exist. Nonetheless, this work does help teach us what it means for a theory to be geometric
Keywords Equivalence principle  Quantum gravity  General relativity  Quantum mechanics  Universality of free fall
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DOI 10.1007/s13194-010-0009-z
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