PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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On Theory Construction in Physics: Continuity from Classical to Quantum

It is well known that the process of quantization---constructing a quantum theory out of a classical theory---is not in general a uniquely determined procedure. There are many inequivalent methods that lead to different choices for what to use as our quantum theory. In this paper, I show that by requiring a condition of continuity between classical and quantum physics, we constrain and inform the quantum theories that we end up with.

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Benjamin Feintzeig    
Logic and Philosophy of Science
University of California, Irvine

 

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