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Department of Physics and Astronomy, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0106, USA





Abstract Despite the widely-held premise that initial boundary conditions BCs corresponding to measurements-interactions can fully specify a physical subsystem, a literal reading of Hamilton’s principle would imply that both initial and final BCs are required or more generally, a BC on a closed hypersurface in spacetime. Such a time-symmetric perspective of BCs, as applied to classical fields, leads to interesting parallels with quantum theory. This paper will map out some of the consequences of this counter-intuitive premise, as applied to covariant classical fields. The most notable result is the contextuality of fields constrained in this manner, naturally bypassing the usual arguments against so-called -realistic- interpretations of quantum phenomena.

Keywords: time symmetry; Hamilton’s principle; classical field theory; quantum foundations time symmetry; Hamilton’s principle; classical field theory; quantum foundations





Autor: Ken Wharton

Fuente: http://mdpi.com/



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