Quantum mechanics as a framework for dealing with uncertainty

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Quantum uncertainty is described here in two guises: indeterminacy with its concomitant indeterminism of measurement outcomes, and fuzziness, or unsharpness. Both features were long seen as obstructions of experimental possibilities that were available in the realm of classical physics. The birth of quantum information science was due to the realization that such obstructions can be turned into powerful resources. Here we review how the utilization of quantum fuzziness makes room for a notion of approximate joint measurement of noncommuting observables. We also show how from a classical perspective quantum uncertainty is due to a limitation of measurability reflected in a fuzzy event structure-all quantum events are fundamentally unsharp.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014003
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • Mathematical Physics

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