Foundations of Physics

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 747–749 | Cite as

Shan Gao: The Meaning of the Wave Function. In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics

Cambridge University Press, 2017
  • Carlo Rovelli
Book review

Shan Gao is a philosopher of physics at the Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology, in Shanxi, and a prolific writer, with nineteen books, both technical and for the large public, covering a variety of topics in fundamental physic. For some time, Gao has been developing an original perspective on quantum mechanics, based on the idea that the wave function describes the random discontinuous motion of real particles: a quantum particle jumps around discontinuously, and the wave function gives the density of its presence in a region during an arbitrary small time interval. The idea is supplemented by a model of physical collapse, which modifies the the quantum dynamics adding a stochastic, nonlinear evolution term, resulting from the random motion of the particles. Gao argues in favour of this view starting from the existence of protective measurements, a particular class of interactions allowed by quantum theory, where the expectation value of any observable of a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aix Marseille Université, CPT UMR 7332MarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Université de Toulon, CPT UMR 7332ToulonFrance
  3. 3.CNRS, CPT UMR 7332ParisFrance

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