How Fundamental is the Uncertainty Principle?


Renner, R. (2011). How Fundamental is the Uncertainty Principle?. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/11050038


Renner, Renato. How Fundamental is the Uncertainty Principle?. Perimeter Institute, May. 12, 2011, https://pirsa.org/11050038


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:11050038,
            doi = {10.48660/11050038},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/11050038},
            author = {Renner, Renato},
            keywords = {Quantum Foundations},
            language = {en},
            title = {How Fundamental is the Uncertainty Principle?},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2011},
            month = {may},
            note = {PIRSA:11050038 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Renato Renner ETH Zurich


According to quantum theory, it is impossible to prepare the state of a system such that the outcome of any projective measurement on the system can be predicted with certainty. This limitation of predictive power, which is known as the uncertainty principle, is one of the main distinguishing properties of quantum theory when compared to classical theories. In this talk, I will discuss the implications of this principle to foundational questions. In particular, I will consider the hypothesis that the uncertainty principle, rather than (only) telling us something about reality, may be seen as a manifestation of the limitations of our (classical) methods used to describe reality.