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The Relational Interpretation

  title={The Relational Interpretation},
  author={Carlo Rovelli},
The relational interpretation (or RQM, for Relational Quantum Mechanics) solves the measurement problem by considering an ontology of sparse relative facts. Facts are realized in interactions between any two physical systems and are relative to these systems. RQM’s technical core is the realisation that quantum transition amplitudes determine physical probabilities only when their ar-guments are facts relative to the same system. The relativity of facts can be neglected in the approximation… 
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  • R. Healey
  • Philosophy
    Foundations of Physics
  • 2022
Securing the Objectivity of Relative Facts in the Quantum World Richard Healey
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