<![CDATA[RBW - Blog]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2022 02:48:13 -0500Weebly<![CDATA["'Mysteries' of Modern Physics' Published in Quanta]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:10:21 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/mysteries-of-modern-physics-published-in-quantaOur essay "'Mysteries' of Modern Physics and the Fundamental Constants c, h, and G" won Honorable Mention in the Gravity Research Foundation 2021 Awards for Essays on Gravitation and was published in Quanta http://quanta.ws/ojs/index.php/quanta/article/view/189/146]]><![CDATA[ScienceX News Blog About Our 2022 Entropy Paper]]>Thu, 06 Jan 2022 19:01:56 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/sciencex-news-blog-about-our-2022-entropy-paperHere is a link to "Quantum information theorists produce new 'understanding' of quantum mechanics" just published on ScienceX News.]]><![CDATA[Technical Video Abstract for NPRF in QM]]>Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:06:34 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/technical-video-abstract-for-nprf-in-qmThis is a 2 min 45 sec video abstract for our paper "No Preferred Reference Frame at the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics" published in Entropy.]]><![CDATA[Non-Technical Video Abstract for NPRF in QM]]>Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:04:11 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/non-technical-video-abstract-for-nprf-in-qmThis is a 3 min 15 sec, non-technical video abstract for our paper "No Preferred Reference Frame at the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics" published in Entropy.

]]><![CDATA[Paper Published in Entropy Today]]>Thu, 23 Dec 2021 01:11:54 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/paper-published-in-entropy-todayNo Preferred Reference Frame at the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics was published today (22 Dec 2021) in Entropy.]]><![CDATA[Talk Given at PSA 2021]]>Sun, 14 Nov 2021 15:52:40 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/talk-given-at-psa-2021

]]><![CDATA[The Relativity Principle at the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics]]>Sun, 18 Jul 2021 17:12:56 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/the-relativity-principle-at-the-foundation-of-quantum-mechanicsWe posted this paper on the arXiv last week: Quantum information theorists have created axiomatic reconstructions of quantum mechanics (QM) that are very successful at identifying precisely what distinguishes quantum probability theory from classical and more general probability theories in terms of information-theoretic principles. Herein, we show how two such principles, i.e., "Existence of an Information Unit" and "Continuous Reversibility," map to the relativity principle as it pertains to the invariant measurement of Planck's constant h for Stern-Gerlach (SG) spin measurements in spacetime in exact analogy to the relativity principle as it pertains to the invariant measurement of the speed of light c for special relativity (SR). Essentially, quantum information theorists have extended Einstein's use of the relativity principle from the boost invariance of measurements of c to include the SO(3) invariance of measurements of h between different reference frames of mutually complementary spin measurements via the principle of "Information Invariance & Continuity." Consequently, the "average-only" conservation represented by the Bell states that is responsible for the Tsirelson bound and the exclusion of the no-signalling, "superquantum" Popescu-Rohrlich joint probabilities is understood to result from conservation per Information Invariance & Continuity between different reference frames of mutually complementary measurements, and this maps to conservation per the relativity principle in spacetime. Thus, the axiomatic reconstructions of QM have succeeded in producing a principle account of QM that is every bit as robust as the postulates of SR, revealing a still broader role for the relativity principle in the foundations of physics. ]]><![CDATA["'Mysteries' of Modern Physics and the Fundamental Constants c, h, and G" Wins Honorable Mention in Prestigious Essay Contest]]>Wed, 02 Jun 2021 22:03:53 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/mysteries-of-modern-physics-and-the-fundamental-constants-c-h-and-g-wins-honorable-mention-in-prestigious-essay-contestIn the 2021 Gravity Research Foundation essay contest, we further extended the relativity principle to the measurement of yet another fundamental constant of Nature, Newton’s gravitational constant G. Our essay won Honorable Mention and will be considered for publication in a special issue of International Journal of Modern Physics D dedicated to the winners of this prestigious essay contest. The mystery of modern physics that we resolved using the relativity principle in this essay resides in Einstein’s theory of gravity called general relativity, which predicts that observers in different locations in space can measure different values for the mass of one and the same object, i.e., the contextuality of mass. Thus, we have now shown how the relativity principle (no preferred reference frame, NPRF) applied to G dictates the contextuality of mass in general relativity and NPRF applied to Planck's constant h dictates quantum entanglement in quantum mechanics. These "mysteries" are in complete analogy to NPRF applied to the speed of light c that dictates the "mysteries" of time dilation and length contraction in special relativity. This is further evidence that Einstein (and others yet today) are wrong in believing that quantum entanglement means quantum mechanics is “incomplete.” Indeed, what our essay shows is that quantum mechanics is, ironically, as complete as Einstein’s own theories of modern physics, i.e., special and general relativity.]]><![CDATA["Answering Mermin's Challenge" Makes Top 100 Papers in Physics]]>Wed, 12 May 2021 19:59:04 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/answering-mermins-challenge-makes-top-100-papers-in-physicsWith over 4700 downloads, "Answering Mermin's Challenge" is now the 15th most downloaded paper in Scientific Reports for 2020. Top 100 in Physics]]><![CDATA[The Relativity Principle and the Kinematic Structure of Quantum Mechanics]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:37:48 GMThttps://www.relationalblockworld.com/blog/the-relativity-principle-and-the-kinematic-structure-of-quantum-mechanicsIn this paper, "Beyond Causal Explanation: Einstein's Principle Not Reichenbach's" we explain how the relativity principle, aka "no preferred reference frame (NPRF)," leads to the kinematic structure of quantum mechanics (QM), just as it leads to the kinematic structure of special relativity (SR). This advances QM from an operational theory to a principle theory on equal footing with SR. It has been 115 years since Einstein published his principle theory of SR and there is still no "constructive" counterpart, i.e., there is still no causal mechanism a la the luminiferous ether to account for the light postulate. Likewise, it has been 85 years since Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR) published their famous paper "Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?" without a consensus constructive account of quantum entanglement. Perhaps it is time we abandon attempts to explain quantum entanglement via causal mechanisms just as we have abandoned attempts to explain the light postulate via the luminiferous ether?]]>