The Labyrinth of Quantum Logic [article]

Tim Maudlin
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Quantum mechanics predicts many surprising phenomena, including the two-slit interference of electrons. It has often been claimed that these phenomena cannot be understood in classical terms. But the meaning of "classical" is often not precisely specified. One might, for example, interpret it as "classical physics" or "classical logic" or "classical probability theory". Quantum mechanics also suffers from a conceptual difficulty known as the measurement problem. Early in his career, Hilary
more » ... m believed that modifications of classical logic could both solve the measurement problem and account for the two-slit phenomena. Over 40 years later he had abandoned quantum logic in favor of the investigation of various theories--using classical logic and probability theory--that can accomplish these tasks. The trajectory from Putnam's earlier views to his later views illustrates the difficulty trying to solve physical problems with alterations of logic or mathematics.
arXiv:1802.01834v1 fatcat:s55qmzmkzjh3fooehnimkksyei