Ockham’s razor and the interpretations of quantum mechanics

Por • 28 ene, 2017 • Sección: Opinion

Gerd Ch. Krizek

Abstract: Ockham’s razor is a heuristic concept applied in philosophy of science to decide between 2 or more feasible physical theories. Ockham’s razor operates by deciding in favour of the theory with least assumptions and concepts, roughly speaking the less complex theory. Could Ockham’s razor not easily treat the different interpretations as theories and decide in favour of the one with fewest assumptions? We provide an answer to this question by means of examples of applications in literature and the discussion of its historical origin. We review the historical context of Ockham’s razor and its connection to medieval philosophical struggles, discuss the essence of its parsimonious core and put it in relation with modern struggles in the context of interpretational issues in quantum mechanics. Due to the lack of experimental evidences in string theory a new field of modern heuristics arose in the last years. We will discuss these heuristics in the context of Ockham related heuristic methods and analyse the connection of these heuristics with the interpretations of quantum mechanics.

arXiv:1701.06564v1 [quant-ph]

Quantum Physics (quant-ph); History and Philosophy of Physics (physics.hist-ph)

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