Quantum theory as plausible reasoning applied to data obtained by robust experiments
SourcePhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 374, 2068, (2016), pp. 16-38
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Theory of Condensed Matter
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
SubjectTheory of Condensed Matter
We review recent work that employs the framework of logical inference to establish a bridge between data gathered through experiments and their objective description in terms of human-made concepts. It is shown that logical inference applied to experiments for which the observed events are independent and for which the frequency distribution of these events is robust with respect to small changes of the conditions under which the experiments are carried out yields, without introducing any concept of quantum theory, the quantum theoretical description in terms of the Schrodinger or the Pauli equation, the Stern-Gerlach or Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Bohm experiments. The extraordinary descriptive power of quantum theory then follows from the fact that it is plausible reasoning, that is common sense, applied to reproducible and robust experimental data.
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