It Ain't Necessarily So

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    John Stachel

    Interpretations and Misinterpretations of Quantum Theory

    This talk will discuss
    1) Some current examples of misinterpretations:
    a) What is the Copenhagen interpretation? b)Are duality and complementarity the same?
    2) The traditional approach to scientific theories and why we should reject it:
    a) Lessons from Bachelard b) Lessons from Latakos
    3) Measurability Analysis:
    The relation between definability and measurability
    4) What quantization is and is not:
    a) Role of h b) Open versus closed systems
    5) Bohr on complementarity:
    a) Evolution of his views b) Going beyond Bohr
    6) Primacy of processes:
    Bohr-Rosenfeld’s analysis of the electromagnetic field
    7) Commutation relations and their physical significance:
    a) The Poisson bracket in quantum mechanicsb) The Peierls bracket in quantum field theory

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