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  1. Hidden Variables and the Two Theorems of John Bell.N. David Mermin - 1993 - Reviews of Modern Physics 65:803--815.
    Although skeptical of the prohibitive power of no-hidden-variables theorems, John Bell was himself responsible for the two most important ones. I describe some recent versions of the lesser known of the two (familiar to experts as the "Kochen-Specker theorem") which have transparently simple proofs. One of the new versions can be converted without additional analysis into a powerful form of the very much better known "Bell's Theorem," thereby clarifying the conceptual link between these two results of Bell.
     
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  2. What's Wrong with These Elements of Reality?N. David Mermin - 1990 - Physics Today 43:9--11.
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    Nonlocal Character of Quantum Theory?N. David Mermin - 1998 - American Journal of Physics 66:920.
    In a recent article under the above title (but without the question mark) Henry Stapp has presented arguments which lead him to conclude that under suitable conditions “the truth of a statement that refers only to phenomena confined to an earlier time” must “depend on which measurement an experimenter freely chooses to perform at a later time.” I suggest that this conclusion contains an essential ambiguity as regards the meaning of the expression “statement referring only to phenomena confined to an (...)
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  4. Quantum Mysteries for Anyone.N. David Mermin - 1981 - Journal of Philosophy 78 (7):397-408.
  5. What Do These Correlations Know About Reality? Nonlocality and the Absurd.N. David Mermin - 1999 - Foundations of Physics 29 (4):571-587.
    In honor of Daniel Greenberger's 65th birthday, I record for posterity two superb examples of his wit, offer a proof of an important theorem on quantum correlations that even those of us over 60 can understand, and suggest, by trying to make it look silly, that invoking “quantum nonlocality” as an explanation for such correlations may be too cheap a way out of the dilemma they pose.
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    It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity.N. David Mermin - 2009 - Princeton University Press.
    "--Brian Greene, Columbia University "This book includes material that is intellectually innovative and comes as a surprise even to specialists in the field.
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    Copenhagen Computation.N. David Mermin - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (3):511-522.
    I describe a pedagogical scheme devised to teach efficiently to computer scientists just enough quantum mechanics to permit them to understand the theoretical developments of the last decade going under the name of “quantum computation.” I then note that my offbeat approach to quantum mechanics, designed to be maximally efficacious for this specific educational purpose, is nothing other than the Copenhagen interpretation.
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    Farkas's Lemma and the Nature of Reality: Statistical Implications of Quantum Correlations. [REVIEW]Anupam Garg & N. D. Mermin - 1984 - Foundations of Physics 14 (1):1-39.
    A general algorithm is given for determining whether or not a given set of pair distributions allows for the construction of all the members of a specified set of higher-order distributions which return the given pair distributions as marginals. This mathematical question underlies studies of quantum correlation experiments such as those of Bell or of Clauser and Horne, or their higher-spin generalizations. The algorithm permits the analysis of rather intricate versions of such problems, in a form readily adaptable to the (...)
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    Joint Distributions and Local Realism in the Higher-Spin Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Experiment.N. D. Mermin & Gina M. Schwarz - 1982 - Foundations of Physics 12 (2):101-135.
    A method is given to determine whether or not the distribution functions describing the two spin measurements in the spin-s Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment are compatible with the existence of distributions describing three spin measurements (not all of which can actually be performed). When applied to the spin-1/2 case the method gives the results of Wigner, or of Clauser, Holt, Horne, and Shimony, depending on whether or not the two-spin distributions are assumed to have the forms given by the quantum theory. Generalizations (...)
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    Homer Nodded: Von Neumann’s Surprising Oversight.N. David Mermin & Rüdiger Schack - 2018 - Foundations of Physics 48 (9):1007-1020.
    We review the famous no-hidden-variables theorem in von Neumann’s 1932 book on the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics. We describe the notorious gap in von Neumann’s argument, pointed out by Hermann and, more famously, by Bell. We disagree with recent papers claiming that Hermann and Bell failed to understand what von Neumann was actually doing.
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  11. Space and Time in Special Relativity.N. David Mermin - 1968 - New York: Mcgraw-Hill.
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    Copenhagen Computation.N. David Mermin - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (3):511-522.
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    What’s Wrong with This Criticism.N. David Mermin - 2005 - Foundations of Physics 35 (12):2073-2077.
    One of the endearing traits of Asher Peres is that when somebody publishes something he knows to be wrong, he does not bother to refute it, even if the paper criticizes his own work. Life is too brief for such frivolity. As a small 70th birthday present I would like to answer one such recent attack. It’s not much of a present, since Asher will not read my paper. Why should he? He already knows this criticism is nonsense. But somebody (...)
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  14. The Great Quantum Muddle. [REVIEW]N. D. Mermin - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (4):651-.
  15. Pair Distributions and Conditional Independence: Some Hints About the Structure of Strange Quantum Correlations.N. D. Mermin - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (3):359-373.
    Some statistical questions that arise in studies of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlations are given precise and complete answers for a very simple but artificial set of pair distributions. Some recent results and conjectures about hidden variable representations of the more complex distributions that describe the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment are examined in the light of the behavior of the simple model.
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    Reply to Ohanian's Comment.N. David Mermin - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43 (3):218-219.
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    Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods. [REVIEW]N. David Mermin - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (1):131-135.
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    The Great Quantum MuddleThe Open Universe. Karl R. PopperQuantum Theory and the Schism in Physics. Karl R. Popper.N. D. Mermin - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (4):651-656.
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    Plane Geometry in Spacetime.N. David Mermin - 2009 - In Wayne C. Myrvold & Joy Christian (eds.), Quantum Reality, Relativistic Causality, and Closing the Epistemic Circle. Springer. pp. 327--347.
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    Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods.N. David Mermin - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (1):131-135.
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    Review: The Great Quantum Muddle. [REVIEW]N. D. Mermin - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (4):651 - 656.
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