# Whiteheadian approach to quantum theory and the generalized bell's theorem

## Abstract

The model of the world proposed by Whitehead provides a natural theoretical framework in which to imbed quantum theory. This model accords with the ontological ideas of Heisenberg, and also with Einstein's view that physical theories should refer nominally to the objective physical situation, rather than our knowledge of that system. Whitehead imposed on his model the relativistic requirement that what happens in any given spacetime region be determined only by what has happened in its absolute past, i.e., in the backward light-cone drawn from that region. This requirement must be modified, for it is inconsistent with the implications of quantum theory expressed by a generalized version of Bell's theorem. Revamping the causal spacetime structure of the Whitehead-Heisenberg ontology to bring it into accord with the generalized Bell's theorem creates the possibility of a nonlocal causal covariant theory that accords with the statistical prediction of quantum theory.

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California

- OSTI Identifier:
- 6327990

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Journal Name:
- Found. Phys.; (United States)

- Additional Journal Information:
- Journal Volume: 9:1; Journal Issue: 1-2

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; HEISENBERG PICTURE; BELL THEOREM; QUANTUM MECHANICS; CAUSALITY; HIDDEN VARIABLES; SPACE-TIME; MECHANICS; 657002* - Theoretical & Mathematical Physics- Classical & Quantum Mechanics

### Citation Formats

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Stapp, H P.
```*Whiteheadian approach to quantum theory and the generalized bell's theorem*. United States: N. p., 1979.
Web. doi:10.1007/BF00715049.

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Stapp, H P.
```*Whiteheadian approach to quantum theory and the generalized bell's theorem*. United States. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00715049

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Stapp, H P. Thu .
"Whiteheadian approach to quantum theory and the generalized bell's theorem". United States. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00715049.
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title = {Whiteheadian approach to quantum theory and the generalized bell's theorem},

author = {Stapp, H P},

abstractNote = {The model of the world proposed by Whitehead provides a natural theoretical framework in which to imbed quantum theory. This model accords with the ontological ideas of Heisenberg, and also with Einstein's view that physical theories should refer nominally to the objective physical situation, rather than our knowledge of that system. Whitehead imposed on his model the relativistic requirement that what happens in any given spacetime region be determined only by what has happened in its absolute past, i.e., in the backward light-cone drawn from that region. This requirement must be modified, for it is inconsistent with the implications of quantum theory expressed by a generalized version of Bell's theorem. Revamping the causal spacetime structure of the Whitehead-Heisenberg ontology to bring it into accord with the generalized Bell's theorem creates the possibility of a nonlocal causal covariant theory that accords with the statistical prediction of quantum theory.},

doi = {10.1007/BF00715049},

url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6327990},
journal = {Found. Phys.; (United States)},

number = 1-2,

volume = 9:1,

place = {United States},

year = {1979},

month = {2}

}