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The Applicability of Shannon Information in Quantum Mechanics and Zeilinger's Foundational Principle

Christopher G. Timpson
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 70, No. 5, Proceedings of the 2002 Biennial Meeting of The Philosophy of Science AssociationPart I: Contributed PapersEdited by Sandra D. Mitchell (December 2003), pp. 1233-1244
DOI: 10.1086/377403
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/377403
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Abstract

Recently, Brukner and Zeilinger have presented a number of arguments suggesting that the Shannon information is not well defined as a measure of information in quantum mechanics. If established, this result would be highly significant, as the Shannon information is fundamental to the way we think about information not only in classical but also in quantum information theory. On consideration, however, these arguments are found unsuccessful; I go on to suggest how they might be arising as a consequence of Zeilinger’s proposed foundational principle for quantum mechanics.

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