Three Attempts at Two Axioms for Quantum Mechanics

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The axioms of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics lack clear physical meaning. In particular, they say nothing about nonlocality. Yet quantum mechanics is not only nonlocal, it is twice nonlocal: there are nonlocal quantum correlations, and there is the Aharonov-Bohm effect, which implies that an electric or magnetic field here may act on an electron there. Can we invert the logical hierarchy? That is, can we adopt nonlocality as an axiom for quantum mechanics and derive quantum mechanics from this axiom and an additional axiom of causality? Three versions of these two axioms lead to three different theories, characterized by “maximal nonlocal correlations”, “jamming” and “modular energy”. Where is quantum mechanics in these theories?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbability in Physics
EditorsYemima Ben-Menahem, Meir Hemmo
Place of Publication9783642436925
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783642213298
ISBN (Print)9783642213281
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameThe Frontiers Collection
ISSN (Print)1612-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2197-6619


  • Quantum Mechanic
  • Quantum Correlation
  • Joint Measurement
  • Nonlocal Correlation
  • Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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