In praise of quantum uncertainty

Eliahu Cohen, Avishy Carmi

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Quantum uncertainty has a tremendous explanatory power. Coherent superposition, quantum equations of motion, entanglement, nonlocal correlations, dynamical nonlocality, contextuality, discord, counterfactual protocols, weak measurements, quantization itself, and even preservation of causality can be traced back to quantum uncertainty. We revisit and extend our previous works, as well as some other works of the community, in order to account for the above claims. Special emphasis is given to the connection between uncertainty and nonlocality, two notions which evolved quite independently and may seem distinct but, in fact, are tightly related. Indeterminism, or more precisely, locally consistent indeterminism, should be understood as the enabler of most quantum phenomena (and possibly all of them).

Original languageEnglish
Article number302
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Contextuality
  • Entanglement
  • Indeterminism
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Quantum nonlocality
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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