We review the famous no-hidden-variables theorem in von Neumann's 1932 book on the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics (Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik, Springer, Berlin, 1932). We describe the notorious gap in von Neumann's argument, pointed out by Hermann (Abhandlungen der Fries'schen Schule 6:75-152, 1935) and, more famously, by Bell (Rev Modern Phys 38:447-452, 1966). We disagree with recent papers claiming that Hermann and Bell failed to understand what von Neumann was actually doing.
Foundations of Physics
- Pub Date:
- September 2018
- Quantum Physics;
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics
- This is the published version. Some typos in the first posting have been fixed and a few minor changes made for the sake of clarity