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Metalinguistic views of quantum mechanics and its formalizability

Löfgren, Lars LU (1999) In Metadebates on science : the blue book of "Einstein meets Magritte" p.213-223
Abstract
Much like the way we distinguish between formalism and experimentalism, we distinguish between ascertainment by proof and ascertainment by measurement. We argue that quantum mechanics, which characteristically encompasses both kinds of ascertainment, is too complex to be fully captured by formalism

alone, and needs relativization to language in its complementaristic

conception. In particular, we argue that there is a partial tie between the two ascertainments. Although, at higher levels, inferences or proofs may well be accepted as less constructive than direct measurements, they are tied at a basic level of constructivity. An inference is here of the same constructive nature as that of a direct measurement. The levelled... (More)
Much like the way we distinguish between formalism and experimentalism, we distinguish between ascertainment by proof and ascertainment by measurement. We argue that quantum mechanics, which characteristically encompasses both kinds of ascertainment, is too complex to be fully captured by formalism

alone, and needs relativization to language in its complementaristic

conception. In particular, we argue that there is a partial tie between the two ascertainments. Although, at higher levels, inferences or proofs may well be accepted as less constructive than direct measurements, they are tied at a basic level of constructivity. An inference is here of the same constructive nature as that of a direct measurement. The levelled approach is helpful, e.g., for understanding Bohr´s wave-particle complementarity and its recent challenge by the double-prism experiment (as well as, e.g., for understanding a thesis of a programmable experimentability within "quantum computation"). (Less)
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  abstract     = {Much like the way we distinguish between formalism and experimentalism, we distinguish between ascertainment by proof and ascertainment by measurement. We argue that quantum mechanics, which characteristically encompasses both kinds of ascertainment, is too complex to be fully captured by formalism<br/><br>
alone, and needs relativization to language in its complementaristic<br/><br>
conception. In particular, we argue that there is a partial tie between the two ascertainments. Although, at higher levels, inferences or proofs may well be accepted as less constructive than direct measurements, they are tied at a basic level of constructivity. An inference is here of the same constructive nature as that of a direct measurement. The levelled approach is helpful, e.g., for understanding Bohr´s wave-particle complementarity and its recent challenge by the double-prism experiment (as well as, e.g., for understanding a thesis of a programmable experimentability within "quantum computation").},
  author       = {Löfgren, Lars},
  editor       = {Cornelis, G. and Smets, S. and van Bendegem, J. P.},
  isbn         = {0-7923-5762-0},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {213--223},
  publisher    = {Kluwer},
  series       = {Metadebates on science : the blue book of "Einstein meets Magritte"},
  title        = {Metalinguistic views of quantum mechanics and its formalizability},
  year         = {1999},
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