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Preliminary Considerations on the Emergence of Space and Time

  • David AlbertEmail author
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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 406)

Abstract

This paper explores the idea that the wave-function is the unique fundamental concrete physical stuff of the world itself. The paper focuses on two suggestions: (a) First-quantized non-relativistic quantum mechanics is a not a theory of the 3-dimensional motions of particles, but of the 3N-dimensional undulations of a concrete physical field –the wave-function itself – where N is a very large number that corresponds, on the old way of thinking, to the number of elementary particles in the universe. (b) This particularly radical coming-apart of the geometry (on the one hand) and the fundamental arena (on the other) is what’s at the bottom of everything that’s exceedingly and paradigmatically strange about quantum mechanics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyColumbia UniversityNew York CityUSA

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