Recorded: 10/29/2017 Released: 5/24/2018
Jim and Randy investigate the Consistent Histories interpretation of quantum mechanics. This highly logical interpretation was conceived of by Robert Griffiths and is based on bundling possible histories for a particle together and only using those histories that are consistent with the measurements we perform to winnow out the possible states of the particle. Although Griffiths calls this "Copenhagen done right," the interpretation is based on the idea the quantum particles have definite values for observables in the intervening space.
1. The papers we read for this program:
- Griffiths, R., "EPR, Bell, and Quantum Locality." Am J Phys 79, 954 (2011). [arXiv]
- Griffiths, R. " Consistent Quantum Measurements." Stud Hist Philos Sci B 52, 188 (2015). [arXiv]
2. Griffith's book Consistent Quantum Theory, which we mention in the podcast because he continually refers to it in the podcast.
3. My review of Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics by John Bell, which includes the paper in which he formulates Bell's Theorem -- the testable version of the EPR Paradox, which is based on the first tractable formulation of the paradox by David Bohm. I also recently reviewed a book on wave function realism, which seems to be a response to a response to Bell.
4. I haven't quite got the Patreon I promised Randy in this episode up and running, but it is at least limping.
5. Our subreddit.