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On the Origin of Probabilities in Quantum Mechanics: Creative and Contextual Aspects
 

Summary: On the Origin of Probabilities in Quantum
Mechanics: Creative and Contextual Aspects
Diederik Aerts, Bob Coecke and Sonja Smets
Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) and
Foundations of the Exact Sciences (FUND)
Brussels Free University, Brussels, Belgium.
diraerts@vub.ac.be, bocoecke@vub.ac.be,
sonsmets@vub.ac.be
1 Introduction
At the beginning of this century, a lot of changes as well in the field of
politics, art and sciences have led to a change of paradigms and ways in
which people think and interact with `(the/their) world'. That climate of
change lasted the whole century, due to the inertia of old ideas and the re-
quired time people needed to build `new images' (or even, new world views)
that incorporate the new findings. Nonetheless, as soon as old paradigms
get overruled, new ones appear. This is something which also happened af-
ter the `invention' of quantum physics. The modernist deterministic world
guided by Laplace's prime intelligence had to make place for one in which ap-
pear probabilities that have a mysterious status, as we will explain now. The
probabilities of classical statistical theories [1, 3], e.g., statistical, mechanics,

  

Source: Aerts, Diederik - Leo Apostel Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

 

Collections: Multidisciplinary Databases and Resources; Physics