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Probability in Quantum Mechanics: The Everett Interpretation and the Decision-Theoretic Program

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Chua, Meng Shuen (2015) Probability in Quantum Mechanics: The Everett Interpretation and the Decision-Theoretic Program. Senior thesis (Major), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/5YR6-V715. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:02252016-140043335

Abstract

The Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional Copenhagen interpretation, but there are a few major issues that prevent the widespread adoption. One of these issues is the origin of probabilities in the Everett interpretation, which this thesis will attempt to survey. The most successful resolution of the probability problem thus far is the decision-theoretic program, which attempts to frame probabilities as outcomes of rational decision making. This marks a departure from orthodox interpretations of probabilities in the physical sciences, where probabilities are thought to be objective, stemming from symmetry considerations. This thesis will attempt to offer evaluations on the decision-theoretic program.

Item Type:Thesis (Senior thesis (Major))
Subject Keywords:Physics and History and Philosophy of Science
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Minor Option:History and Philosophy of Science
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Hitchcock, Christopher R. (advisor)
  • Carroll, Sean M. (advisor)
Group:Hixon Writing Center
Thesis Committee:
  • None, None
Defense Date:2015
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:02252016-140043335
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:02252016-140043335
DOI:10.7907/5YR6-V715
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:9587
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:25 Apr 2016 19:24
Last Modified:11 Apr 2019 17:09

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