Quantum Mechanics Without the Collapse Postulate
Abstract
Because of the measurement problem, the standard theory of quantum mechanics is at best incomplete and at worst logically inconsistent. Everett suggested that the measurement problem could be resolved by taking the linear dynamics to be a complete and accurate description of the timeevolution of every physical system. The purpose of this dissertation is to see what happens when one takes Everett's proposal seriously. This dissertation includes a discussion of the standard theory of quantum mechanics and its origins, the measurement problem, Everett's relative state formulation, the manyworlds interpretation, Albert's bare theory (a version of quantum mechanics without the collapse postulate) and its suggestive properties, and Albert and Loewer's singlemind and manyminds theories. I will show how one might construct a theory that exploits the bare theory's suggestive properties without encountering its empirical problems.
 Publication:

Ph.D. Thesis
 Pub Date:
 1992
 Bibcode:
 1992PhDT.......216B
 Keywords:

 EVERETT HUGH III;
 ALBERT DAVID Z.;
 Philosophy; Physics: General; History of Science