Why the quantum

  title={Why the quantum},
  author={Jeffrey Bub},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  • J. Bub
  • Published 20 February 2004
  • Philosophy, Physics
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
The Measurement Problem from the Perspective of an Information-Theoretic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
The aim of this paper is to consider the consequences of an information-theoretic interpretation of quantum mechanics for the measurement problem, which is analogous to the relation between special relativity and the structure of space-time.
Explaining the Unobserved—Why Quantum Mechanics Ain’t Only About Information
A remarkable theorem by Clifton et al [Found Phys. 33(11), 1561–1591 (2003)] (CBH) characterizes quantum theory in terms of information-theoretic principles. According to Bub [Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod.
Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
This thesis is a contribution to the debate on the implications of quantum information theory for the foundations of quantum mechanics. In Part 1, the logical and conceptual status of various notions
On explaining non-dynamically the quantum correlations via Quantum Information Theory: what it takes
In this paper, we argue that quantum information theory can provide a kind of non-causal explanation (“causal account” here stands quite generally both for dynamical and for mechanistic account of
Why special relativity should not be a template for a fundamental reformulation of quantum mechanics
In a comparison of the principles of special relativity and of quantum mechanics, the former theory is marked by its relative economy and apparent explanatory simplicity. A number of theorists have
Does Quantum Mechanics Need Interpretation?
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Since the beginning, quantum mechanics has raised major foundational and interpretative problems. Foundational research has been an important factor in the development of quantum cryptography,
Why Scientific Realists Should Reject the Second Dogma of Quantum Mechanics
The information-theoretic approach to quantum mechanics, proposed by Bub and Pitowsky, is a realist approach to quantum theory which rejects the “two dogmas” of quantum mechanics: in this theory


"Relative State" Formulation of Quantum Mechanics
The task of quantizing general relativity raises serious questions about the meaning of the present formulation and interpretation of quantum mechanics when applied to so fundamental a structure as
Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View
Part 1 Determinism and inderterminism in classical perspective: determinism indeterminism and probability. Part 2 How the phenomena demand quantum theory: the empirical basis of quantum theory new
Information Gain vs. State Disturbance in Quantum Theory
Several aspects of the information–disturbance principle are explored in an attempt to make it firmly quantitative and flesh out its significance for quantum theory as a whole.
Characterizing Quantum Theory in Terms of Information-Theoretic Constraints
We show that three fundamental information-theoretic constraints—the impossibility of superluminal information transfer between two physical systems by performing measurements on one of them, the
The Problem of Hidden Variables in Quantum Mechanics
Forty years after the advent of quantum mechanics the problem of hidden variables, that is, the possibility of imbedding quantum theory into a classical theory, remains a controversial and obscure
Just Two Nonorthogonal Quantum States
From the perspective of quantum information theory, a system so simple as one restricted to just two nonorthogonal states can be surprisingly rich in physics. In this paper, we explore the extent of
On information-theoretic characterizations of physical theories
No-signaling condition and quantum dynamics.
It is shown that the basic dynamical rules of quantum physics can be derived from its static properties and the condition that superluminal communication is forbidden, and this result constrains possible nonlinear modifications of quantum science.
On the Independence of Local Algebras in Quantum Field Theory
A review is made of the multitude of different mathematical formalizations of the physical concept ‘two observables (or two systems) are independent’ that have been proposed in quantum theories,