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Systems 2014, 2(4), 576-589; doi:10.3390/systems2040576

Relativity with Respect to Measurement: Collapse and Quantum Events from Fock to Cramer

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AUSL VT Medical Physics Laboratory, Via Enrico Fermi 15, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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ISEM, Institute for Scientific Methodology, 90146 Palermo, Italy
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School of Advanced International Studies on Applied Theoretical and Non Linear Methodologies in Physics, 70121 Bari, Italy
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Received: 10 July 2014 / Revised: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 22 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards a Second Generation General System Theory)
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Abstract

Some observations are presented starting with the well-known article by Vladimir Fock “Quantum Physics and Philosophical Problems”, published in 1971. In this article, which summarizes for Western readers a long and complicated reflection of the foundations of quantum mechanics (QM), Fock illustrates his “minimal” interpretation of this theory. By minimal, we mean that it only uses concepts related to the operational aspects of the measurement procedures, avoiding any mention of definite quantum ontologies (Bell’s beables). It is argued that, by taking into account the time reversal invariance of the microscopic processes and introducing the notion of irreversibility in an appropriate manner, Fock’s description becomes an anticipation of the “transaction” notion introduced by Cramer a decade later. So, the concept of “collapse” does retain the features of a QM “freak” postulate to become a new way to look at the elementary quantum processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: collapse and quantum measurement; Fock observables relativity; transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics; observer in systems theory collapse and quantum measurement; Fock observables relativity; transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics; observer in systems theory
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Chiatti, L.; Licata, I. Relativity with Respect to Measurement: Collapse and Quantum Events from Fock to Cramer. Systems 2014, 2, 576-589.

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