Quantum reaxiomatisations and information-theoretic interpretations of quantum theory

Leah Henderson*

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Abstract

Jeff Bub has developed an information-theoretic interpretation of quantum mechanics on the basis of the programme to reaxiomatise the theory in terms of information-theoretic principles. According to the most recent version of the interpretation, reaxiomatisation can dissolve some of the demands for explanation traditionally associated with the task of providing an interpretation for the theory. The key idea is that the real lesson we should take away from quantum mechanics is that the ‘structure of information’ is not what we thought it was. In particular a feature of the new structure is intrinsic randomness of measurement, which allegedly dissolves a significant part of the measurement problem. I argue that it is difficult to find an appropriate argument to support the claim that measurement is intrinsically random in the relevant sense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-300
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in history and philosophy of modern physics
Volume72
Early online date9-Jul-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2020

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