Some Comments Concerning Measurements in Quantum Mechanics

  • J. M. Jauch
  • E. P. Wigner
  • M. M. Yanase
Part of the The Scientific Papers book series (WIGNER, volume A / 3)


The paradoxical aspects of the quantum-mechanical measuring process continue to provoke numerous discussions, indicating a growing interest in the basic problems of quantum mechanics (1, 2). The purpose of the present note is to clarify our views on this important problem and to contrast them with the views expressed in some recent publications on the same subject (1h, i ).


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  • J. M. Jauch
  • E. P. Wigner
  • M. M. Yanase

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