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The birth of quantum logic

Rédei, Miklós ORCID: 0000-0001-5298-1443 (2007) The birth of quantum logic. History and Philosophy of Logic, 28 (2). pp. 107-122. ISSN 0144-5340

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01445340601113955


By quoting extensively from unpublished letters written by John von Neumann to Garret Birkhoff during the preparatory phase (in 1935) of their ground-breaking 1936 paper that established quantum logic, the main steps in the thought process leading to the 1936 Birkhoff–von Neumann paper are reconstructed. The reconstruction makes it clear why Birkhoff and von Neumann rejected the notion of quantum logic as the projection lattice of an infinite dimensional complex Hilbert space and why they postulated in their 1936 paper that the quantum propositional system should be isomorphic to an abstract projective geometry.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 15:43
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 23:10

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