Authors
Chuang Liu
University of Florida
Abstract
The objective of this paper is to show that, instead of quantum probabilities, wave packets are physically real. First, Cartwright's recent argument for the reality of quantum probabilities is criticized. Then, the notion of ‘physically real’ is precisely defined and the difference between wave functions and quantum probabilities clarified. Being thus prepared, some strong reasons are discussed for considering the wave packet to be physically real. Finding the reasons inconclusive, I explain how the Aharonov—Bohm effect delivers the final punch. I conclude that wave packets are the quantum objects that underlie the indeterministic quantum processes and have the propensity of displaying probabilistic (or indeterministic) behavior.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/bjps/45.4.977
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,232
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory.Werner Heisenberg - 1930 - Chicago: Ill., The University of Chicago Press.
The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.R. I. G. Hughes - 1992 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 54 (4):735-736.

View all 16 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Holism and Structuralism in U(1) Gauge Theory.Holger Lyre - 2004 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35 (4):643-670.
Which Gauge Matters?James Mattingly - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (2):243-262.
Gauge Gravity and the Unification of Natural Forces.Chuang Liu - 2001 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17 (2):143 – 159.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
185 ( #46,104 of 2,329,873 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #121,085 of 2,329,873 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes