Properties and operational propositions in quantum mechanics

Foundations of Physics 13 (8):843-857 (1983)
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In orthodox quantum mechanics, it has virtually become the custom to identify properties of a physical system with operationally testable propositions about the system. The causes and consequences of this practice are explored mathematically in this paper. Among other things, it is found that such an identification imposes severe constraints on the admissible states of the physical system



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Realism, operationalism, and quantum mechanics.D. Foulis, C. Piron & C. Randall - 1983 - Foundations of Physics 13 (8):813-841.

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