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2017-18 Agency in the Physical World
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Previous Programs

2016 Physics of the Observer
2016 Awardees

2015 The Physics of What Happens
2015 Awardees

2013 Physics of Information
2013 Awardees

2010 The Nature of Time
2010 Awardees

2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
2008 Awardees

2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
2006 Awardees

Dr. Jorge A. Pullin
Louisiana State University

Rodolfo Gambini
University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay

Project Title

Relational Physics with Real Rods and Clocks and the Measurement Problem of Quantum Mechanics

Project Summary

As paradoxical as this may sound, the theory of quantum mechanics that describes the microscopic world is ordinarily formulated in terms of classical, macroscopic quantities. In particular, one assumes that one has access to arbitrarily accurate clocks and rulers. Such an assumption is clearly an idealization. This idealization becomes even more untenable in the context of theories of nature that include gravity. We show that relaxing such an idealization can help solve some of the conceptual problems of traditional quantum mechanics. These include the problem of how a classical world arises from the quantum theory and the problem of how to interpret the quantum theory and therefore to form a proper physical picture of reality.

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