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Quantum Theory and Mathematical Rigor

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[Revised entry by Fred Kronz and Tracy Lupher on July 1, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] An ongoing debate in the foundations of quantum physics concerns the role of mathematical rigor. The contrasting views of von Neumann and Dirac provide interesting and informative insights concerning two sides of this debate. Von Neumann's contributions often emphasize mathematical rigor and Dirac's contributions emphasize pragmatic concerns. The discussion below begins with an assessment of their contributions to the foundations of quantum mechanics. Their...

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