On Aerts' Overlooked Solution to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox

Massimiliano Sassoli De Bianchi

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The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox was enunciated in 1935 and since then it has made a lot of ink flow. Being a subtle result, it has also been largely misunderstood. Indeed, if questioned about its solution, many physicists will still affirm today that the paradox has been solved by the Bell-test experimental results, which have shown that entangled states are real. However, this remains a wrong view, as the validity of the EPR ex-absurdum reasoning is independent from the Bell-test experiments, and the possible structural shortcomings it evidenced cannot be eliminated. These were correctly identified by the Belgian physicist Diederik Aerts, in the eighties of last century, and are about the inability of the quantum formalism to describe separate physical systems. The purpose of the present article is to bring Aerts' overlooked result to the attention again of the physics' community, explaining its content and implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics
Subtitle of host publicationInformation, Contextuality, Relationalism and Entanglement
EditorsDiederik Aerts, Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara, Christian de Ronde, Decio Krause
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-3276-90-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-3276-88-8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


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