Mathematically, a pure quantum state is typically represented by a vector in a Hilbert space. In physics, bra-ket notation is often used to denote such vectors. Linear combinations (superpositions) of vectors can describe interference phenomena. Mixed quantum states are described by density matrices."
Monday, July 17, 2006
In reading about Quantum States in Wikipedia...
"In quantum physics, a quantum state is a mathematical object that fully describes a Quantum system. One typically imagines some experimental apparatus and procedure which "prepares" this quantum state; the mathematical object then reflects the setup of the apparatus. Quantum states can be statistically mixed, corresponding to an experiment involving a random change of the parameters. States obtained in this way are called mixed states, as opposed to pure states, which cannot be described as a mixture of others. When performing a certain measurement on a quantum state, the result generally described by a probability distribution, and the form that this distribution takes is completely determined by the quantum state and the observable describing the measurement. However, unlike in classical mechanics, the result of a measurement on even a pure quantum state is only determined probabilistically. This reflects a core difference between classical and quantum physics.
...I was struck by the analogy with Existential Programming which proposes that objects hold multiple values for various properties (and in fact multiple sets of properties, hence, multiple ontologies) simultaneously.
Unlike Quantum States however, reading one set of values doesn't make the other sets vanish! ;-)