<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Teller (Paul) - Quantum Physics, the Identity of Indiscernibles, and Some Unanswered Questions (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6449.htm">Quantum Physics, the Identity of Indiscernibles, and Some Unanswered Questions</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Teller (Paul).htm">Teller (Paul)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy of Science 50.2 (Jan. 1983), pp. 309-319</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6449.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Recent authors have argued that strange facts about the quantum world provide counterexamples to leibniz's principle of the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">identity of indiscernibles</A><SUP>1</SUP>. I argue that their position rests on some misunderstandings of the interpretation of quantum field theory, misunderstandings which are fostered by the informal expositions often given by physicists. The discussion of this relatively specialized topic results in some improvement in our understanding of what quantum field theory does (and does not) tell us about the world.</ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:46" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:46:32</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>