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Wayne State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Colloquium

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Thursday 28 January 1999

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Exotic Probabilities and Quantum Mechanics

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Saul Youssef, Florida State University

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It has recently been shown that the basic Bayesian development of
probability theory can be followed without assuming that probabilities are
Real. The result is an exotic probability theory from which one can derive
standard quantum mechanics and where ordinary probability theory is
restored in the classical limit. This type of theory escapes Bell's
theorem and other similar results and appears to nicely resolve the long
standing observer and measurement problems associated with quantum theory.
Recent results by Srinivasan and Sudarshan show that the spin and the
Dirac equation can be found with this approach as well.

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Colloquium starts at 16:00 in Room 245 and lasts about 1 hour
including questions. Refreshments are served at 15:30 in room 245.