Comments on Professor Putnam’s Comments

  • H. Margenau
  • E. P. Wigner
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Professor Putnam’s comments [1] on David Sharp’s paper [2], claiming to have discovered grave inconsistencies in the conceptual structure of quantum mechanics, evidently were not meant to be accepted at face value. The author surely realized that a contradiction as obvious as he claims to have found it, if real, would have been noticed by scores of physicists. Rather, we understand Professor Putnam’s comments as a challenge to restate the theory of measurement in terms which do not use the mathematical formalism of quantum theory and to point to errors in his own argument.


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    Putnam, Hilary, Phil. of Science, 28, 234 (1961).CrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Sharp, D. H., ibid., 28, 225 (1961).MathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Neumann, J. VON, Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Princeton University Press, 1955 ); German original, Julius Springer, Berlin, 1932.Google Scholar
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    London, F. and Bauer, E., La Theorie de l’Observation en Mecanique Quantique ( Hermann and Co., Paris, 1939 ).Google Scholar

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  • E. P. Wigner

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