Rovelli’s World

@article{Fraassen2010RovellisW,
  title={Rovelli’s World},
  author={Bas C. van Fraassen},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
  year={2010},
  volume={40},
  pages={390-417}
}
Carlo Rovelli’s inspiring “Relational Quantum Mechanics” serves several aims at once: it provides a new vision of what the world of quantum mechanics is like, and it offers a program to derive the theory’s formalism from a set of simple postulates pertaining to information processing. I propose here to concentrate entirely on the former, to explore the world of quantum mechanics as Rovelli depicts it. It is a fascinating world in part because of Rovelli’s reliance on the information-theory… Expand
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